Vol. 3-06

Expect slam-dunks and on-court capers at Millbrook High School on Wednesday, February 16, as the Harlem Wizards challenge school district administrators and faculty to two hours of freestyling, frenetic basketball fun.

The theme for this season is the "Basketball and Beyond Tour."Eric "Broadway" Jones, a Wizards player-coach for the past 10 years, said he aims to create a whole new perception of what is possible on the court. "I want the crowd to be wowed and in disbelief of what they have seen," he said.

Millbrook Sports Boosters and Millbrook Volleyball are co-hosting the match, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for general admission.  Tickets will be available at the door at $13 for students/seniors and $15 for general admission. The advance purchase deadline is Monday, February 14.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.harlemwizards.com, by calling 845- 238-4649, or by emailing millbrooksportsboosters@gmail.com.


As part of the Cary Institute’s Ecosystem Literacy Initiative, Cary educators are helping classroom teachers and students in the Rhinebeck School District create a yearly Environmental Scorecard.  The idea is to show how much water, food, and energy the school district uses, and how much waste it creates.   

Since the beginning of the school year the aim has been to inspire students, from kindergartners to high school seniors, to think of their school as an ecosystem.  They are encouraged to find out where the resources they use come from and where they end up and then think about what would have the biggest impact if they wanted to make changes.

Each grade is participating in the eco initiative.  The elementary school has focused on how much trash they create and how much water and energy they use.  Ms. Berland’s third grade has been part of the Cafeteria Waste Project - analyzing the waste the cafeteria produces every day. 


The brick building with wrought iron decorative work that used to house Planned Parenthood and the Amenia Day Nursery has gotten a new lease on life.  After the pipes burst a few years ago it was purchased by Claire Houlihan who used to summer in Amenia during her childhood.

Before Houlihan started the extensive restoration, she had the concept of having a café in the building.  She found the perfect person to partner with: Peggy McEnroe who ran the Millerton Deli for ten years and later managed Irving Farms, the hugely popular coffee shop.  Ms. McEnroe is a cousin of Ray McEnroe who runs the organic farm and plans to use all locally-grown food.

It turned out that McEnroe and Houlihan’s grandparents were very close friends and they did not know it.  Houlihan’s parents bought a house on Powder House Road in Amenia back in the forties because it reminded them of Ireland.  Houlihan had sentimental memories of Amenia from summering here and said: “When I asked myself where I wanted to end up I realized it had to be Amenia.”

In a move that many organic farmers view as a huge step backwards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing genetically engineered sugar beets to be grown from biotech seeds. They could be planted as early as this spring. The decision to allow their growth had been previously barred by a federal judge.   

Also last week, the USDA announced that farmers would be allowed to resume growing genetically-engineered, Roundup-resistant alfalfa without any restrictions, a decision which may have major implications for organic feed growers and producers of organic eggs and milk.

“Organic farmers can lose sales if genetic engineering is detected in their crops, which occurs through cross-pollination from a nearby field or through intermingling of seeds,” wrote New York Times reporter Andrew Pollack in a January 28 piece.

Thursday, February 10:

Stanford Library Brain Games group meets at 10:45 am.   The knitting group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights from 7-8:30. 

Vassar, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 5 to 9pm, an opening reception will offer the first glimpse of the special exhibition: 150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin; curated by Mary-Kay Lombino. The Art Center commissioned the works by these three contemporary photographers in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial celebration.  Free admission.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10am–5pm; Thursday, 10am–9pm; and Sunday, 1–5pm.

Friday, February 11:

CATS will open at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck with tickets that benefit the DCSPCA.  What a super idea...or as they say at the SPCA, SuPurrrr.  $40 covers the show and a cocktail party and you get to meet the cast.  876-3080.

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