The Box of Hope (Aired on April 25, 2021)

Rachel Sawner and Tracy Keck of the First Presbyterian Crunch in Pleasant Valley visit RadioRotary to tell the story of the church’s Box of Hope, available 24/7 for anyone who needs it. The solar powered wooden Box with a tin roof, which Rachel built, contains donated personal care and hygiene products, first- aid kits, bottled water, and even pet food, all free for the taking by anyone. Donations to The Box can be made through the Church or by collection sites at the Pleasant Valley Free Library and at Innate Chiropractic of Wappingers Falls. The items are primarily those not available through SNAP (food-stamp program) or with EBT Cards from NYS. The Box is accessible outside the Church every day all day and night. It supplements the items available from local Food Pantries.

Learn more:
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley: http://www.pvpresby.com/
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PVPresbyterian
Innate Chiropractic of Wappingers Falls: https://www.goinnate.com/wappingers-falls-ny-chiropractor/
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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April 25, 2021 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Quality of Life  

A Nonprofit Place for Senior Living (Aired on April 4, 2021)

Executive Director Ericka Von Salews of the Vassar-Warner Home, the only nonprofit senior living residence in Dutchess County, visits RadioRotary co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell-Claitor for a program describing the services and remarkable story of this historic institution. The beautiful building dates from 1835 when it was built as s boys’ academy, but in 1871 it became a home for senior women. Originally Johnathan Warner operated The Old Ladies Home at the site, but in 1974, with financial help from the Smith Brothers (of cough-drop fame) the building was expanded and merged with the Vassar Home for men. Today the Vassar-Warner home, with some help from the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, is a recognized charity, which allows the home to treat and care for each resident as a member of the family rather than as a customer whose care and services are transactions. Residents do pay rent and board (low-income men and women may have it partly subsidized), and there are two levels of care available—adult homes for those in little need of medical assistance and assisted living for those who may require more help, although Vassar-Warner Home is not a nursing home, the next higher level of care.

Learn more:
Vassar-Warner Home: https://vassarwarner.org/
Adult Care Facilities (NYS): https://profiles.health.ny.gov/acf
Dutchess Country Office for the Aging: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/Office-for-the-Aging.htm

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April 25, 2021 · Posted in Aging, Housing Assistance, Quality of Life  

A Zero Waste Sustainability Center (Aired on December 6, 2020)

Amelia Legare saw a red barn at Greig Farm in Red Hook and many possibilities for improving the environment. As a gardening instructor for an elementary school, she started with talking to farm-owner Norman Greig about starting a native-plant garden at the farm but soon a host of ideas for using local ingredients in household items, selling them in bulk to reduce use of plastic,
forming a community compost CGA, providing classes on environmental issues (and yoga), and more were not only conceived by implemented. Since the goal was sustainability with zero waste, the barn was converted into a bulk-goods emporium for household products and named “The O Zone,” for a place with zero negative impact on the environment. RadioRotary is delighted to bring new of Lagare’s vision and enterprise to a greater audience. Listen to the program to learn about the many ways The O Zone can improve both the environment and your life.

Learn more:
The O Zone: https://theozonehv.com/
Greig Farm: https://www.greigfarm.com/
Environmental Sustainability: https://www.thebalancesmb.com/what-is-sustainability-3157876
Native Plant Gardening: https://www.wildflower.org/learn/guide-native-plant-gardening
Community Composting: https://ilsr.org/composting/what-is-community-composting/

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December 21, 2020 · Posted in Environment, Quality of Life  

Fall Prevention Week (Aired on September 13, 2020)

Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at Vassar Hospital Jill Bubel visits RadioRotary to promote the Lower Hudson Valley Fall Prevention Week, a series of online events devoted to teaching older persons how to avoid those often traumatic and sometimes deadly falls, the most common cause of serious injury or mortality in persons over 60. The events are sponsored by the offices for the aging of the counties in the lower Hudson Valley and include a balance class based on the Kovacs exercises, classes in Tai Chi, information about making homes safer, and much more. Programs for the week include materials for fall prevention from Rebuilding Together, students from Stoney Brook, and Northwell Health.

Learn more:
Lower Hudson Valley Fall Prevention Network: https://www.facebook.com/lhvfallprevention
Fall Prevention from National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures
Trauma Center at Vassar Hospital: https://www.healthquest.org/poughkeepsie/trauma.aspx
Tai Chi for Health: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi 

More Resources:

The Zoom and Facebook Live technology review designed to help older adults to use these virtual platforms with more ease: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=769120840538658

The presentation by Dr. Neal Smoller, holistic pharmacist from Woodstock about “Medication and Fall Risk”:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__drive.google.com_file_d_1-5FUOl-5FXyX8UIdKYXfVSuGVrVArhqZhGsL_view-3Fusp-3Dsharing-5Feil-26ts-3D5f69150a&d=DwMFaQ&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=-nxR3e22jWnzT9Us-N9deLHG_a-C0cykXD4hE5o324U&m=dqugmcW6o-K3GoDsZijHUjzTo0vjH2H1ZXD5Vf0As-s&s=FKPWYmmjUVWFScOzqzcUUGaWN1HOt4ofUzf_SmYpkxA&e=

The live Introduction to Tai Chi class from Bowdoin Park: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__drive.google.com_file_d_1wgLZAKlLR4PluN144G8Dvk9wlk0IiHBr_view-3Fusp-3Dsharing-5Feil-26invite-3DCN7ymNYJ-26ts-3D5f6ff97a&d=DwMFaQ&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=djsh2P2ZWvPyC5xAuko2PTRBLPGepCAVPmlC1RO-caY&m=BfA6j-ZQILoWIvNBs5lE2mCIRQcdwOaiXahD1dOcZDo&s=eOetNFaReihmTtYZAv8arv4a1pVX5pmK1l4VL_lMPpY&e=

The home safety tour from Rebuilding Together:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_BrCaGUy5MXA&d=DwMFAg&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=djsh2P2ZWvPyC5xAuko2PTRBLPGepCAVPmlC1RO-caY&m=TOmDpWNbzK73e81gncfhRSHIAo3VxGD7VV5uXA4bHUQ&s=JB1E-PpYu4uXz2jlXv4BGT252JNcehmRISYm_W7o9rM&e=

A link to a home safety checklist: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org_sites_default_files_PDF_2020-5FRTDC-2520Home-2520Safety-2520Checklist.pdf&d=DwMFAg&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=djsh2P2ZWvPyC5xAuko2PTRBLPGepCAVPmlC1RO-caY&m=HhOtohe0O0d8geneiUE0WFDKE4B9LzZCWlhL6IYpPC0&s=mqkjdZjdUaaVLL7ui_PCxgsL3IQMksUUgkuUVnHIVNg&e=

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September 18, 2020 · Posted in Aging, Events, Health, Quality of Life  

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