Volume 6, Issue 9

I can easily grate cheese (also chocolate and vegetables) and toss the grater into the dishwasher with this handy $10 grater from OXO. Its bi-directional, sharp stainless steel blades makes for fast, easy grating Its soft, comfortable, non-slip grip gives me better control while grating than old fashioned graters
Marinades have two purposes: to tenderize and to enhance the flavor of meat, fish, poultry or even veggies before they are cooked. To my mind, if you have a great steak that is naturally tender and flavorful, it is a culinary crime to marinate it. An average piece of meat, however, can be much improved with a good marinade. To help you master the art of marinating, I have put together a short explanation of how marinades work and a list of "Do's and Don'ts in Marinating."
I had heard that Jeremy Peele's son Jack (of Herondale Farm) had started making charcuterie, so I decided to head up to Ancramdale to interview him.  
 Ever since I first had this dish in a restaurant in Madrid in the 1980s, I have wanted to bake a fish in salt. I remember the head waiter bringing a mountain of hardened golden salt to the table and then cracking it open to reveal a moist, evenly cooked and fragrant whole fish. I am still not sure just how much was due to the novelty of the presentation and how much to the flavor—but I have always considered it the best fish I have ever eaten.

The Village Board approved its 2014-2015 budget with a total appropriation of $2,055,220 Tuesday, April 22. The budget represents a 1.65 percent tax levy increase and a Sewer Benefit Assessment (SBA) rate of .13 percent. Village expenses are down $3,000 said village mayor Laura Hurley. 

“Revenues are down a little bit as well and we are not applying any fund balance and we are well below the tax cap,” said Hurley.

Village expenditures were reduced .1 percent. There were no need staff cuts. 

The largest reduction was in the health care costs for village employees, a saving of $10,000 a year achieved by switching to another health plan.  The village has five employees costing $45,000 a year in health insurance premiums.

Mayor Hurley said the village code, as reported on the villager website, is obsolete.  It is too challenging to have the clerk and deputy clerk keep the code updated, so an outside company will be retained to maintain the code. It will cost the village $5,700 to bring the code up to date to 2012.  Further changes in the code will be addressed later this year. 

The proposed school budget expects to spend $27,756,134 in the 2014-15 school year, an increase of $566,999 over this year’s budget.   The proposed budget will be explained at a hearing scheduled for May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Middle School Library.   Questions from the audience will be entertained.  The vote on the budget and on two open board positions will be held on May 20.  The proposed budget calls for a tax levy increase of 1.83 percent. 

The positions now held by Thomas Lehmkuhl and Thomas Hurley are open for reelection this year. Lehmkuhl and Hurley are the only two candidates on the ballot. There are two seats open on the BOCES board, three candidates are on the ballot including incumbents Hurley and Robert Rubin, new comer from Wappinger’s Michael Riehl.  

Superintendent Phillip D’Angelo will also give a presentation on the budget at the Parent Teacher Organization Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Alden Place Elementary School Library. 

FCCLA Awards 

The Tribute Garden’s Scholarship is one of the most prized awards available to students at Millbrook High School.  The scholarship is administered by the Millbrook Tribute Gardens established in 1943 to maintain the vision of the historic Thorne Family.  The Tribute Gardens annually awards two MCSD seniors a merit scholarship of $5,000 each over a four- year period.  This year’s scholarship recipients are Marissa Williams 18 and Evelyn Grainger 18 both in the top ten percent of their class. TMI caught up with them at Millbrook High School on Friday, April 25th. 

TMI: When did you enter into the MCSD? 

Evelyn: I started in Kindergarten. 

Marissa: I moved to Millbrook in fourth grade. Coming from Arlington I was used to a bigger school with a lot more people. It was nice going to a smaller school, knowing everybody.

TMI: What extra curricular activities and sports are you involved in?

Vassar College: Opera workshop: Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director. Scenes from operas by Benjamin Britten. 8 p.m. Skinner Hall of Music. (845) 437-7294; music.vassar.edu/concerts.
Morton Memorial Library: Author event: Rosary O’Neill introduces her new book New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit, and Secrets of Mardi Gras. 6:30 p.m. 82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff. (845) 876-2903; morton.rhinecliff.lib.ny.us.
Bard College: Senior Dance Concert, the culmination of four years of work by graduating seniors. Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 11: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free admission; reservations required. Theater Two, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. (845) 758-7900.
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