Red Hook’s 2017 Apple Blossom Day (Aired on May 6 and 7, 2017)

Red Hook’s 2017 Apple Blossom Day (Aired on May 6 and 7, 2017)

Once again RadioRotary visits Red Hook Rotary’s club meeting to learn about Apple Blossom Day and other activities of the Red Hook Club. Rotarian Dave
Wright is in charge of the 2017 Apple Blossom Day, the street festival that traditionally kicks off the spring-summer season of activity, as it has done for more than 30 years (the last 17 operated by Red Hook Rotary). In addition to several dance and music performances on the stage erected for this event, there are about a hundred craft vendors, very many food vendors, and—for the children—pony rides, a bouncy house, face painting, and a petting zoo. Rotarian Susan Simon is in charge of the hot-dog grill. The Rotary club does much more
then the annual Apple Blossom Day. Rotarian Linda Greenblatt speaks about the Red Hook Business Directory and about the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Rotarian Christine Chale describes Red Hook’s participation in
international Youth Exchange.
PHOTO: l to r: Jonah, Sarah, Don Wright, Red Hook President Bud Weaver
Learn more:
Red Hook Rotary Club
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook
RYLA
Rotary’s International Youth Exchange
Short-term Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange

Short-term Youth Exchanges

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A Town Recreation Program (Aired on November 26 and 27, 2016)

A Town Recreation Program (Aired on November 26 and 27, 2016)

RadioRotary interviews Sandy Coe, recreation director for the Town of Pleasant Valley, NY.  Her programs span the ages from pre-school through the senior citizens of the town. Her philosophy is to listen to residents expressing their interests, then develop activities that fulfill those interests; one example, is a Pokemon program inspired by the interest of a middle-school student, an activity that soon included participants of all ages. The most visible recreation-department programs for youth are soccer and basketball teams, which compete with teams from other country towns. A special event each holiday season is the Festival of Lights, which combines a parade with many floats, food from local vendors, and encounters with Santa Claus.  The Festival is sponsored in part by Pleasant Valley Rotary along with the recreation department, the Lions Club, the historical society, and the fire department.

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Pleasant Valley Recreation Program

Pleasant Valley Recreation Activities

 

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November 28, 2016 · Posted in Aging, Children, Events, Youth  

Dealing with Teenage Emotional Health (Aired on October 15 and 16, 2016)

Matthew Swerdloff and his wife Elisa Gold were devastated when their 15-year-old daughter Maya Gold unexpectedly committed suicide in 2015, but they determined that they would work to support and empower other teenagers. They formed the Maya Gold Foundation that helps teenagers access their inner wisdom and realize their dreams. Because one of Maya’s dreams was to help orphans in Nepal, the Foundation.

Learn more:

Maya Gold Foundation

Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age

Teenage Suicide

Nepal Youth Foundation

Children and Mothers in Nepal

 

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October 17, 2016 · Posted in Health, Support Groups, Youth  

River Haven Youth Shelter (Aired on July 23 & 24, 2016)

Courteney Heller

Courteney Heller

Courteney Heller tells Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger about River Haven Shelter, emergency housing and support services for runaway and homeless boys and girls ages 10 through 17 in Dutchess County. The shelter, in one form or another, has existed in Poughkeepsie since 1984, and currently can house12 youth at a time (about 100 a year), two to a room. A vegetable garden not only supplies fresh food for the table but is one of several ways that counselors help these preteens and teens reintegrate with their family—if they have one—and society. They also perform community service and continue to attend school while in the shelter. Each evening Ms. Heller prepares a family meal for the residents, which they consume together as they talk about their days. The shelter is part of Hudson Valley Housing, which has various programs to aid the homeless.

Learn more:
River Haven Shelter
River Haven Youth Services
River Haven Facebook Page
Hudson River Housing

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July 23, 2016 · Posted in Dutchess County, Homelessness, Youth  

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