35 th Annual Bike-A-Thon to Aid Library (Aired on Sept. 14 and 15, 2019)

This week’s guests on RadioRotary were from the Pleasant Valley Lions
Club—Fred De Wald and Pam Highbridge. Every year the Lions Club raises
money and improves the Town’s health with its annual Bike-A-Thon, a chance for
bikers of all ages to ride together on what has so far always been a beautiful fall
day. In 2019, the Lions devoted the occasion to the “Ride to Rebuild” the
Pleasant Valley Free Library, which suffered a devastating fire on Election Day
2018. Bikers could choose a 10-mile ride that has traffic eliminated, a ride with a
break at Terhune Orchard for free apples and cider and another treat—bananas
and water—back at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse. Or they can take a 25-mile
along regular roads. Sponsors of riders have a chance to win a discount on a
new bike or a child’s bike helmet. The Lions run several events each year,
including a “Breakfast with Santa” jointly with Pleasant Valley Rotary.

Learn more:
Bike-A-Thon: The Ride to Rebuild: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/2019/02/28/pv-bike-a-thon-the-ride-to-rebuild/
Pleasant Valley Lions Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=pleasant valley lionsclub&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Lions Clubs International: https://lionsclubs.org/en
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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September 22, 2019 · Posted in Events, Quality of Life, Service Organizations  

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  

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  

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (Aired on February 2 and 3, 2019)

Deanna Mancuso tells the story of how her troubled grandfather’s gift of a
horse with a bad personality led her create the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
farm, which now hosts 50 formerly abused horses at a permanent farm and
animal sanctuary in Dover Plains. Today these horses are providing significant
equine-assisted therapy to humans in need of help—it is “people helping horses
heal people”. In addition to allowing anyone to visit the horses from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m, after 3 there are clients who receive equine-assisted psychotherapy. Also
the form, originally primarily an animal sanctuary, now has many events that
reach out to the community, such as “Faces of PTSD,” which features
photographs of veterans with horses, and an Easter candy program for children
as well as pony rides at the form and elsewhere. Also on the program is Lisa
Odendahl, who is working on the “Faces of PSTD” event.

Learn more:
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue: http://luckyorphans.bravesites.com/
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuckyOrphans/
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: http://www.eagala.org/
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance: https://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/
National Center for PTSD: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

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February 12, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

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