Patterson Blues & BBQ Festival (Aired On September 8 & 9, 2018)

RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview
two Patterson Rotarians, Billy Flash and Paul Toscana, about the Patterson
Rotary’s annual Blues and BBQ Festival, a music-and-food tradition in Putnam
County for the past seven years. Unlike most similar events, admission and
parking are both free, which includes enjoying as many as nine different bands
playing blues, rock-and-roll, and jazz (over the two days of the festival). The only
cost is for food and drink purchased directly from the Rotary Club, which smokes
its own ribs and barbecues pulled-pork and even bakes the baguettes for
sandwiches. They even take care to use a locally raised hog for the pork. In
addition to the food, the music by local musicians and stars from the New York
Blues Hall of Fame is a big attraction at the outdoor event.

Learn more:
Patterson Rotary Club: https://www.pattersonrotary.org/
Blues and BBQ Festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PattersonBluesAndBBQ/
New York Blues Hall of Fame: http://www.blueshalloffame.com/Local_Blues_Talent/Local_Blues_Talent_of_New_York.html

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Events, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects ·  

Helping the Public with Legal Issues (Aired On September 15 & 16, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotarian Veronica McMillan, an
attorney, and Janna Whearty, Executive Director of the Dutchess Country Bar
Association, on the programs of the Country Bar, an organization of 548
attorneys practicing in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. The group is
best known for evaluating candidates for judgeships, but it does much more.
One of the useful services is based in the different specialties of lawyers; the
Lawyer Referral Service directs persons in need of legal help to attorneys who
specialize in the problem, whether it be patent law; wills, health-care proxies, or
power of attorney; real-estate transactions; consumer issues; or criminal matters.
The Bar Association is also involved in the continuous education required of
licensed attorneys. Every May the Association sponsors the annual Law Day
event.

Learn more:
Dutchess Country Bar Association: http://dutchesscountybar.org/

Law Day: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day.html

Lawyer Referral Service: http://dutchesscountybar.org/lawyer-referral-service
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in New York State:
https://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle/mcle_states/states_l-o/new_york.html
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club: poughkeepsie arlington rotary

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Dutchess County, Law, Service Organizations ·  

Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance (Aired On October 6 & 7, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Zach Kirchner of the Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance,
an organization that bridges the gap between serving the nation and services
available to veterans. Since 2016 the volunteers of the Veterans Alliance have
connected veterans with housing, mental health assistance, physical health
needs, financial aid, and other useful services. The volunteers themselves have
come together to provide assistance on such tasks as installing water heaters or
septic tanks. All of their services are free to veterans of any US war or their
families. Veterans often have a difficult time making the transition to civilian life or
may have special problems resulting from exposure to toxic agents or enemy fire
during their service, so they may need the extra help the Veterans Alliance
provides.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance: https://www.hudsonvalleyveteransalliance.org/
Vet2Vet of Dutchess Country: https://mhadutchess.org/programs-for-veterans/
My Brother Vinny: https://www.mybrothervinny.org/index.html
Dutchess Country Division of Veterans Services: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/VeteransAffairs/VAindex.htm
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System: https://www.hudsonvalley.va.gov/
Hudson River Housing: http://hudsonriverhousing.org/

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Financial Aid, Housing Assistance, Hudson Valley, Support Groups ·  

Ulster Italian-American Festival (Aired On September 29 & 30, 2018)

The Hudson Valley has a rich heritage of Italian immigration, making Putnam,
Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, and Rockland counties among those with the highest
percentages of Italian-Americans in the entire nation. The annual Italian-
American Festival on the Kingston Waterfront celebrates this heritage with food,
music, and Italian-American-themed products—free admission and free parking.
It is a project of the Ulster County Italian-American Foundation, whose president,
Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo, is this week’s guest on RadioRotary along with
Anna Brett, who is chair of the fourth annual festival. The Italian-American
Foundation supports its legacy in part with a dozen annual scholarships to
popular Italian food items, but also a wide selection of Italian wines and beers, as
well as a spaghetti-eating contest and lessons in pizza-dough tossing.

Learn more:
Ulster Country Italian American Foundation: http://www.ucitalianamericanfoundation.org/
Kingston, NY, Waterfront: http://thekingstonwaterfront.com/
American Italian Heritage Museum: http://www.americanitalianmuseum.org/
Highland Rotary: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition ·  

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