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According to our new governor, our school districts have $1.5 billion in reserves and unspent federal funds that should offset his $1.5 billion education cuts. Wonder what our school superintendents and school board presidents have to say about that? 

Cuomo also sugests cutting salaries of those administrators who earn more than $150,000 in salaries and benefits.  He called them “high priced school administrators” and says that it will affect 2,000 people running our schools.

This is a hard time for many of us and I feel that  New York has to stand on its own feet. Not the sand that is crumbling beneath our New York State Legislature.  This is a time for open debate. Not yelling but a discussion that brings results.

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An ethical will can be anything from a letter to your children spiced with anecdotes or appropriate humor, to a novella length memoir chronicling your experiences in a manner uniquely your own. While legal formalities which accompany wills, trusts, and other formal documents are, indeed, generally formal in nature, the ethical will can be more relaxed and can convey more of the author’s values. In such a document, the writer’s personality survives to provide freshness and power to capture the life of a real person.

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I know I’m a little late with my update on the Ben Kweller show (Thanksgiving festivities intervened), but it was fantastic! As usual, the Bearsville was brimming with a welcoming energy that seems unique to this Hudson Valley venue. The opening performer, Julia Nunes, was a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t heard any of her music before this show and wow, what a powerful voice on that girl! She was funny, told great stories before her songs, and her lyrics were just so authentic. I looked her up after the show and couldn’t stop singing her music. My favorite song that she performed was her cover of “Build me up Buttercup.” Brilliant.

As for Ben? He was on point! My father and I really like him, but we were never able to see him live until now. He put on a great energetic show. He played both the guitar and piano during his set and was very personable. He even took requests from the crowd and performed a beautiful rendition of  “Heart of Gold.” I hope to see another Ben show soon. I’ll leave you with some pictures of the show.

Ben doing his thing.

 

The crowd couldn't stay in their chairs.

Just a few of the stunning photos aligning the walls.

I love this giant guitar!

Now get up to the theater and have your own music experience! It is well worth a trip up to Woodstock.

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How many of you have heard of the Shandelee Music Festival in Livingston Manor? Well if you dig classcial, even a little – here it is at its best.  You missed Misha Keylin,violinist and Cullan Bryant on piano – Saturday, August 14 – who brought the most divine music to a packed crowd at the Sunset Concert Pavillion, that I challenge you to beat. Thursday, August 19 at 8 pm and Saturday, August 21 at 3 pm – go for a real treat. The International Young Artists of Shandelee’s Award Winning Young Soloist Pianists www.shandelee.org call for reserrvations – they can be dear.

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We’re big on eating local and supporting local farms here at Hudson Valley Life. Sometimes that involves sacrifes from us as consumers. Last year, the blight made local tomatoes a scarce commodity. This year, as reported in the Times Record, the lack of significant rain may take it’s toll by driving up farmer costs and affecting the growth of certain crops. A few tips for the home gardener from the Times Record article:

PROTECTING YOUR GARDEN

Even if you’re not growing commercial crops, you still don’t want your lettuce to wilt. So here are a few tips on how to avoid the toll that the heat wave and dry spell can have on home gardens:

• Water early in the morning. That gives the foliage the most time to dry, which minimizes the risk of disease.

• Water thoroughly and less often. If you only water briefly, the water evaporates and the roots don’t get any. A good soaking, say 15 minutes of water every three days, allows water to get to the roots.

• Sandy soil needs more water; clay soil needs less.

• Know how much water your crops need. Tomatoes, basil, eggplant and corn, for instance, love the heat. Lettuces and onions, not so much.

Source: Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County

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AARP Gets Sexy

Here is a sex survey for those over 50, courtesy of AARP. 

One main finding reports that the downturn in the economy appears to translate into a downturn in other developments

You have to wonder about sex surveys. How do we know people are being completely honest–especially when among all the survey respondents, 21 percent of men and 11 percent of women admit that they cheated during a current or recent long-term relationship?

BTW: AARP is not pronounced “arp” but “A-A-R-P.” It no longer stands for anything. It used to be an acronym for  American Association of Retired Persons.

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