PUTNAM COUNTY 4-H PROGRAM & FAIR (AIRED ON JUNE 16 AND JUNE 17, 2018)

Putnam Country Fair (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2018)

Marjorie Nichols Keith, Executive Director of the Putnam Country Cornell Cooperative Extension, brings 4-H Club member Patrick Salerno to RadioRotary to help tell about the 47th annual Putnam County 4-H Fair at Veteran Memorial Park in Carmel. The Fair is a big family event with food booths, music, a Master Gardener plant sale, horse and dog shows, an auction, and activities such as Touch a Truck and a magic tent. There is free admission and free parking. Over 500 volunteers make the weekend event happen, ranging from Rotary clubs, Lions clubs, village officials, and of course 4-H clubs. If you are not in Putnam Country, you can check your county’s Cornell Cooperative Extension Website for the location and dates of the fair nearest you.

Learn more:
Putnam County 4-H Fair:
Putnam County 4-H Youth
Cornell Cooperative Extension Programs:
4-H Clubs:
Brewster Rotary:
Carmel Rotary:
Lake Mahopac Rotary:
Patterson Rotary:

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June 21, 2018 · Posted in Children, Events, Hudson Valley, Volunteers, Youth  

Carl Syslo & Josephine Santoro from Safe Haven Animal Shelter and Wild Life Center (Aired on May 19 and May 20, 2018)

New Animal Shelter and Wildlife Rehab (Aired on May 19 and 20, 2018)
Josephine Santoro and Carl Syslo visit RadioRotary to tell about the new Safe
Haven Animal Shelter $ Wildlife Center, located in Stormville in southern
Dutchess County (Town of Beekman). The first phase of their operation will be to
provide a no-kill shelter for injured or orphaned dogs, which can be adopted after
any necessary rehab. These dogs will be kept in kennels until adopted, but in the
second phase a new building, specially designed for making dogs and cats feel
at home (and not imprisoned) will take over. The original kennel building will be
remade for wildlife rehab—Ms. Santoro is a certified wildlife rehabilitator. An
important adjunct to the Stormville facility is the Thrift Shop specializing in
reselling donated pet-related products and household items. On Saturdays the
Thrift Shop houses a Pet-Food Pantry, supplying free pet food to low-income pet owners.
Learn more:
Safe Haven Animal Shelter and Wildlife Center:
Safe Haven Thrift Shop and Food Pantry:
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley:
Wildlife Rehabilitators:

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May 27, 2018 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Volunteers  

Rich Schiafo on Food Recovery (Aired on January 27 and January 28, 2018)

Food Recovery in the Hudson Valley (Aired on January 27 & 28, 2018) Rich Schiafo of the Hudson Valley Regional Council returns to RadioRotary to tell the listeners about the national problem of food waste. Of the many astonishing statistics Mr. Schiafo discusses, perhaps the most alarming is that40% of all the food produced in the United States goes to waste, much of it landing in landfills where it contributes to the production of methane, a global-warming gas. Some of the food is left in the farmers’ fields, where it can be taken and used by gleaning—going through the field by hand and collecting the remaining food. Another waste is food that has been deemed imperfect or ugly in some way, but that is perfectly edible despite the flaws. Listeners will learn about the different interpretations of use-by or sell-by dates. There are many aspects to food recovery and prevention of food waste, with volunteers throughout the Hudson Valley making the effort to get otherwise disposable food into food pantries and shelters where it will be welcomed by the hungry.

Learn more:

Hudson Valley Regional Council
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
Roundout Valley Growers
Imperfect Produce
The Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign
Long Table Harvest

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February 17, 2018 · Posted in Environment, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Volunteers  

Hudson Valley Ribfest (Aired on August 12 and August 13 2017)

Thirteenth Hudson Valley Ribfest (Aired on August 12 and 13, 2017)
Recorded live at the Highland Rotary Club, Highland Rotarians

Steve Laubach and Don Verity, along with former Highland Rotarian
Jamie Anson, tell about the glories of eating barbecue (and listening to music) at the thirteenth   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 (free parking) allows you to spend time at the Chef Demonstration Tent, where not only do local chefs, the Culinary Institute of America, and other professionals provide cooking and decorating tips, but also there are free samples of the foods being demonstrated. Next door, local, vintners, brewers, and distillers allow you to sample their products as well. 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
Highland Rotary Club
World Series of Barbecue

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August 18, 2017 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects, Volunteers  

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