July 2012


Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Sara Griffen, Acting Chair Greenway Conservancy, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director Greenway, Acting Director National Heritage Area  


In This Issue

What's New?            Upcoming Grant Opportunities       Regional Events 

Project Spotlight             Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew


Hudson River Day is Almost Here!  

GHRP 2011On SatHRDurday, July 21, 2012 the fourth annual
Hudson River Day will offer numerous river and riverfront community events that will span the length of the Hudson from New York to Albany. The Hudson River Day website has information on how to participate, by coordinating a Hudson River Day program or attending scheduled events:  hudsonriverdayny.org 

This collaborative celebration is presented by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River Valley Greenway and many other partners. 


Extension of Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Funding

With authorization for the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area set to expire at the end of September, Congressman Maurice Hinchey has secured the approval of the House Appropriations Committee to reauthorize funding for the program for another two years. Hinchey, who authored the legislation to establish the Heritage Area in 1996, used his position on the House Appropriations Committee and worked in bipartisan fashion with Congressman Steve LaTourette (R-OH) to obtain the extension for the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area and 11 others across the country.  The authorization was included as part of the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013. Read more...


2012 Greenway Conservancy Small Grants Program for Trails is Now Open

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2012 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program.  A total of $50,000 is available for matching grants in this year's program.  The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation.  Emphasis is placed on trail projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Vision Plan, fill in identified gaps in the Greenway Trail System, and make improvements to designated Greenway Trails. Applications must be postmarked by August 17th. Read more...  



Coming in September: The 13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble!


Thank you to all of our Hudson River Valley Ramble event leaders for registering a wide array of exciting events for this year! Ramble events offer interpretation of the landscape, history, or ecology of our region. Events include guided walks, hikes, bike tours, kayak or canoe trips; a family-fun festival or a river exploration. The Ramble website is stocked with events, and coming soon is the highly anticipated Ramble booklet, a must have guide to what's happening in the Hudson Valley all September long. Look for the booklet in the August issue of Chronogram Magazine, and throughout the Hudson Valley at tourism and heritage destinations. Visit hudsonrivervalleyramble.com to find an event and plan your September adventures!



Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The Hudson River Valley Greenway held a Joint Board Meeting on June 7, 2012, in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh Campus of Orange County Community College. Board Members and attendees were greeted by Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy and Linda Ferris from OCCC. Tally Blumberg of Open Space Institute, Rob Lane of Regional 

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June 2012 Greenway Board Meeting

Plan Association, and Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson spoke about a new initiative called the Lower Hudson Valley Smart Growth Plan. Read more...


New Greenway Communities

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to welcome the to

wn of Petersburgh in Rensselaer County and the Town of Whitehall in Washington County as newly designated Greenway Communities. This brings the total number of Greenway Communities to 271. 


Greenway Communities Grants

At the June Board Meeting, the following Greenway Community Grants were awarded:

the Town of Hyde Park, Dutchess County, received $10,000 for guiding development of a vibrant town center; the Town of Greenville, Greene County, received $10,000 for a land development code update; the City of Newburgh, Orange County, received$10,000 for practical capacity building for green land use implementation; and the Village of Tivoli received $15,000 for a waterfront access walkway and Montgomery Street improvements


Website Launched for Engage MidHudson

Engage MidHudson is an online platform where citizens and government of the Mid-Hudson Region share knowledge and brainstorm project ideas and initiatives that will help build a more sustainable region. Engage MidHudson is being developed in support of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Planning Project, led by the Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium. The consortium is steering the development of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan as part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address. Read more:  www.engagemidhudson.com     


Statewide Trail User Count Seeks Participating Trails

Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Trails Council, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation are launching the 2012 New York State Trail User Count and are seeking 15 of the state's multi-use greenway trails to be included in an August count. The count will begin with a small number of trails the first year and expand to more trails in subsequent years. Obtaining trail user numbers helps to demonstrate the benefits of trails in our communities. Read more...

Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants are due September 7th for our October Board Meeting. Read more...


Greenway Conservancy Small Grants for Trails

A total of $50,000 in matching funds is available for this year's Conservancy Small Grants program. The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation. Read more...  (August 17)


Consolidated Funding Application 

State agencies and authorities making resources available in the 2012 CFA include: Empire State Development; NYS Canal Corporation; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; NY Power Authority; Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State; New York Power Authority; Agriculture and Markets; Department of Environment Conservation; and the Council on the Arts. Read more...   (July 16)  


Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of a competitive Hudson River Estuary Mini-Grants Program.  This Environmental Protection Fund (EFP) program will fund projects that will implement the goals and targets identified in the 2010-2014 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. Read more....  (July 20)


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

Provides grant funds for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites. Read more...


Green Infrastructure Request for Proposals 

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), in partnership with the Hudson River Estuary Program, is seeking projects that will construct green infrastructure practices as a watershed management tool in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed. 

Read more... (August 3)

NYS Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program

The SRTS Program promotes safe, healthy alternatives to riding the bus or being driven 
to school. Prospective sponsors are highly encouraged to attend a Safe Routes to School Workshop and familiarize themselves with the requirements of the program. Read more... (October 5)    


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Assistance Programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs.

Read More... (Ongoing)   


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Technical Assistance Grants for community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community Read More... (Ongoing) 


Enterprise Green Communities to help cover costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits. Read More... (Ongoing)  


EventsRegional Events


July 7
Dream of the Red Chamber: a performance for a sleeping audience
Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents Jim Findlay's installation which is based on an 18th century Chinese epic novel. 

John Jay Homestead Farm Market
Choice fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, fragrance items, and other fine locally produced products will be available for sale on the front lawn at the Homestead every Saturday morning through October 13.

Rondout Valley Growers Association Barn Dance & Local Food Barbecue
RVGA's 10th Annual Barn Dance & Local Food Barbecue at Kelder's Farm, Kerhonkson. Music, local food, children's activities and more.

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site comes alive on weekends in July & August with special interpretive programs. Guided Theme Tours, Musket Demonstrations and more. The Fort's museum & grounds are open Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Please call (845) 446-2134 for more information.

July 14
John Jay Homestead Farm Market & Second Saturday Family Fun
Choice fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, fragrance items, and other fine locally produced products. Families with children aged 3 to 10 can visit the new Main Barn Discovery Center to learn about our agricultural past, try out tools, and complete a planting activity.

July 20
International Contemporary Ensemble: Latin American Composers
Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents newly commissioned works by Brazilian composers.

July 21

Hudson River Day

Celebrate the Hudson River with events from Albany to New York.


Artist Workshop at the Dorsky Museum

Claire Lambe invites the public to contribute to her artwork by creating origami cranes and adding wishes for Mother Nature. 

Gallery Talk at the Dorsky Museum
Gallery talk with Linda Weintraub, curator of "Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012," and artists Portia Munson, Trina Green, and Paul Stewart.

International Contemporary Ensemble: George Lewis & Franz Schubert
Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents a concert pairing two musical revolutionaries: Franz Schubert and experimental jazz and electronic music pioneer George Lewis. 

July 23
History Adventure Days at John Jay Homestead: Patriots, Loyalists and the Fight for Independence - A summer camp for children entering grades two through seven. 

July 27
The Xenotext
Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents experimental poet and conceptual artist Christian B�k.  


July 28
Henry Knox's Birthday
Watch the officers and soldiers of the 2nd & 3rd Continental Artillery Regiments completing the preparations for the move to Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781. The performers will interact with visitors as if they were from 1781.  


This Clement World
Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents Cynthia Hopkins' musical performance.


August 3
Pork and Poetry! With Brooklyn Arts Press and Friends
Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents a dynamic reading by poets-in-residence followed by a pig roast and Q&A with small press publishers and editors. 

August 4
Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents choreographer Kota Yamazaki. 

August 5
First Sunday Free Gallery Tour at the Dorsky Museum with guest educator Kevin Cook.

August 7
Purple Heart Appreciation Day at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
This date honors General Washington's 1782 orders establishing the Badge of Military Merit, the inspiration for today's Purple Heart. The theme of the event this year will be to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the landings on Guadalcanal, the first major U.S. land Campaign of the War in the Pacific.



Do you have an heritage event you would like to list? Go to our website and submit one today!

ProjectspotProject Spotlight
Village of Rhinebeck Sidewalk Improvement Initiative
In 2010, the Greenway awarded a $15,000 Compact Implementation Grant to the Village of
Mark Castiglione joins Rhinebeck Mayor Jim Reardon (center), Village Trustees and Pedestrian Task force members to officially open new crosswalk 
Photo credit: Klara Sauer
Rhinebeck for a sidewalk improvement initiative. The Village had embarked on a process to conduct a study of the sidewalks, with a focus on improving walkability and accessibility of the Village. A study, entitled "Rhinebeck Village - Worth Walking," had recommended constructions of 11 crosswalks in the Village. The findings of this study were also incorporated into the Village's Comprehensive Plan, and the Village made significant changes to the sidewalk maintenance code. 
In June 2012, repairs  began on several sidewalk areas that had fallen into disrepair. Construction also began on installation of two handicap-accessible crosswalks in the Village. Previously, there were no other safe locations for pedestrians to cross in the busy four-corner downtown area. On July 3, the Village held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of these first two important crosswalk areas. 
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to be able to support projects like this one that will improve the walkabilty of our communities, and protect our historic, cultural and economic integrity. 
GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



When mowing the lawn, leave your grass longer.


Longer blades discourage weeds and pest insects, which means you are under less pressure to apply toxic pesticides and herbicides. Longer grass also shades the roots more, and helps prevent the soil from drying out. It tends to lead to healthier roots, so your green carpet will be hardier, and should require less water in the long run.


Read more: The Daily Green

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