July 2013


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 

Heritage Spotlight              Project Spotlight                Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew

Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The Hudson River Valley Greenway held a Joint Board Meeting on June 12, 2013, at the Newburgh Brewing Company in Newburgh. The building is an excellent example of adaptive reuse, demonstrating how cities can use their historic buildings as anchors for revitalization.


Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy welcomed the Board and meeting attendees. Aimee Vargas from Empire State Development provided an update on the Consolidated Funding Application round. Jeffrey Domanski from NYSERDA EDGE; Erin O'Neil from NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and Bonnie Devine from the NYS Department of State provided updates on funding opportunities that their agencies have available or will have available. Read more...


Greenway Communities Grants

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

Village of Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County was awarded $7,500 for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy. The Town of Pine Plains in Dutchess County was awarded $7,500 for a Trails and Bikeway Concept Plan. The Town of Red Hook in Dutchess County was awarded $7,500 for a Town-wide historic and scenic resource protection survey. 


Greenway Compact Grants

Also at the June meeting, Orange County was awarded a $12,500 Compact Grant for a Hudson Valley Online Community Design Manual.

Get Ready to Ramble!
The 14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place  September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2013. We hope you will participate by hosting or attending an event! Sponsorships for the Hudson River Valley Ramble are now available, and more information can be found here. 



Join the WAVE!

How healthy is your stream? Help NYS DEC find out! 
WAVE, or Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators, is a simple stream assessment that can be performed by most everyone. Volunteers visit streams from July to September, collecting and and preserving stream organisms for identification by NYS DEC personnel. WAVE data will be included in state and federal water quality reports, and will be used to target restoration efforts where they are most needed. Contact Alene Onion at 518-402-8166. Read more...



Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park Waterfront Elevator 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Walkway Over the Hudson announced construction has begun on a new 21-story steel elevator tower that will connect the elevated Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park to the Poughkeepsie waterfront, further establishing the park as the centerpiece of a world-class network of parks and trails. The Walkway Over the Hudson is part of a designated Greenway Trail, and the Waryas Park Boat Launch in Poughkeepsie is a designated Greenway Water Trail site. Read more...


 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications are due September 7, 2013 for the October Board Meeting.

July 30: Mid-Hudson Call for Priority CFA Applications 

The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council ("MHREDC") seeks projects wishing to be designated as Priority Projects by the Council for the 2013 round of Consolidated Funding Application ("CFA") awards from New York State. A priority project is one that directly or indirectly creates a significant number of jobs, fits one of the goals identified by the Council, leverages private-sector resources, and has impact at a level that can be transformational for the region. Read more...   


August 12: Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) Now Available

CFA applications are now available to the public. The deadline for completing the CFA application is 4:00pm on August 12, 2013. 


2013 Available CFA Resources include:

Community Development Block Grant Program (pg. 39)

NYS CDBG funds provide small communities and counties in New York State with a great opportunity to undertake activities that focus on community development needs such as creating or expanding job opportunities, providing safe affordable housing, and/or addressing local public infrastructure and public facilities issues.


Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (pg. 96)

Available for program planning, feasibility, design, or marketing of specific projects, construction projects, to advance the preparation or implementation of strategies for community and waterfront revitalization.


Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (pg. 122)

The Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant will assist municipalities with a Median Household Income (MHI) of $65,000 or less with the engineering and planning costs of CWSRF-eligible water quality projects


Environmental Facilities Corporation - Green Innovation Grant Program (pg. 130)

The Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) provides grants on a competitive basis to projects that improve water quality and demonstrate green storm water infrastructure in New York.    


July 20: Rebuild By Design Hurricane Sandy Planning and Design Competition

The Rebuild By Design is a multi-stage regional design competition to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding.


August 16: Transportation Enhancement Program

Applications are being accepted for funding of transportation projects through the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP). Applications must be submitted to a NYSDOT Region on or by August 16, 2013. Awards will be announced by the end of the year.


Department of Housing and Urban Development (Ongoing)
HUD is seeking competitive applications for individual FY 2013 program nofas that will further the achievement of HUD's strategic plan goals and policy priorities. HUD's strategic mission: to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all.


Regional EventsRegEvents

Calendar of Events: July 2013  


July 13 - 20: Clearwater and Partners Celebrate Creek Week in Poughkeepsie

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Fall Kill Watershed Committee invite the community to join them for a series of Creek Week events this July to celebrate the Fall Kill Creek in Poughkeepsie.


July 16: Make Time for Nature: Storytelling and Music

Join Amy Laber, Gardiner Public Library Children's Librarian and special guest Laura Conner, Environmental Educator from Minnewaska State Park Preserve, for a morning of stories and music.


July 17: Lunches with History

Participants will take a close look at Philipse Manor Hall's parlor ceiling, an excellent and rare example of colonial American rococo design. Discussion will focus on what this architectural gem reveals about the history of the Manor Hall and its inhabitants, the prominent Philipse family.


CFA Workshop New York City REDC

The workshops will include an overview of the application and CFA process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects


Babes in the Woods

Join Jamie McGinnis for a gentle walk in Minnewaska, a great way to introduce your baby to the beauty of the outdoors, meet new friends, get some exercise and learn about nature all at the same time.


July 18: Thursday Night Speaker Series at Fort Montgomery

Archaeology and the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor: Why the Militia Deserves Its Due


July 19: CFA Workshop Capital Region REDC

The workshops will include an overview of the application and CFA process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects


July 20: Bike to Castle Point

Come see Castle Point from a new perspective...on a bike!


Great Hudson River Fish Count

Catch the falling tide with Teatown and Strawtown Art and Garden Studio at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, as we seine for fish and other creatures in the warm waters of the Hudson. 


Wilderstein Summer Celebration

Refreshing cocktails, elegant appetizers, live music by Sean Gallagher Trio, carriage rides, silent auction& fun! 


Manitoga Summer Cocktail

Enjoy light fare and refreshments on Dragon's Rock Terrace at Manitoga. Appearances by jazz musicians Ben Neill and David Rothenberg. 


July 20 and 21: Knickerbocker Mansion Summer Festival

Meet Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln, General & Mrs. Grant, Solomon Northrup and a Civil War surgeon.  There will also be an encampment on the grounds. 


July 21: Mossy Glen Meander

This three-mile hike follows along the quietly babbling edges of the Peter's Kill, a stream running through cool hemlock forests and tropical-feeling rhododendron stands.


200 Years of Landscape History at Vanderbilt Mansion

Guides will discuss the history of the gardens, Vanderbilt ownership, and the on-going work by the Vanderbilt Garden Association. 


Historic Hudson River Ferry Operation at Gomez Mill House
James Berkise, local historian and Marlborough resident, will share findings from his recent investigations focusing on a long-running ferry operated by Gomez Mill House residents Wolvert and William Ecker.


July 23CFA Workshop New York City REDC

The workshops will include an overview of the application and CFA process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects.


Session One: Municipal Map Training on the Rockland County GIS Portal

The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation is hosting a hands-on educational session to train members about computer mapping.


July 24: Insects and Ponds

Your children will learn about insects, why they're unique and why they're so important. Then, we'll play an insect scavenger hunt while on a two-mile long loop hike to visit two ponds.


July 25: Geology and Debris Hut Building

Children will learn about the unique geology of the Shawangunk Ridge while directly experiencing it on a hike in the Peter's Kill area of Minnewaska.


2012 Changes to National Flood Insurance Program

Learn how this new legislation will affect you, your home, your business, and your community.   


July 27: Morning Chores at Cliffdale 

Pull on your mucking boots and join Erin Baker at Cliffdale Farm for morning chores in the chicken coop! 


Two Views for One Hike

Start the weekend on the right foot by joining Nick Martin, Park Educator, on this moderately challenging two-mile hike in the Peter's Kill area of Minnewaska.


First-Person Living History at Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

In the event, costumed historians will think and act like they were the actual participants, at Knox's Headquarters, in New Windsor, in July 1781, making the final arrangements for the movement of the artillery to the south. 


July 28: Family Bike Ride to Lake Awosting

Bring your own bicycle, helmet, swimming gear and picnic lunch and join us for this challenging, hilly, nine-mile bicycle ride to the picturesque and refreshing Lake Awosting Swim Area.


The City That Drinks the Mountain Sky

An epic story of New York City's water supply told in the elemental beauty of mask and Puppet Theater.


Bird Watching Hike at Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill 

During this 90 minute hike on the trails at Val-Kill a National Park Ranger will help in identifying birds and the places in the park where the largest number of different bird varieties can be found. 


July 29: Bus Day Trip to Kykuit and Sunnyside

Our first stop will be Kykuit, the stunning classical-revival mansion that was home to four generations of Rockefellers, one of America's most famous families.


July 30 - August 4th: Cycling the Hudson Valley 

Join the 9th annual 6-day, 200-mile bike tour through the historic Hudson Valley. 


July 31: Session Two: Municipal Map Training on the Rockland County GIS Portal

The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation is hosting a hands-on educational session to train members in computer mapping.


Ongoing Events: 


Introducing the Hudson River School Art Trail Contest

Visit the Hudson River School Art Trail sites and win a weekend getaway to the breathtaking Catskill Mountains.  


Claude Mirror Project

A new installation by artist Alex McKay at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site lets you see Thomas Cole's favorite view at any time of day, any season of the year, in all kinds of weather, as reflected in a 19th-century optical device called a "Claude Mirror."  


Fill Your Passport With Rubbings!
Fun for the whole family! Metal plaques are now installed at the first eight stops along the Hudson River School Art Trail, located within a short drive of the Thomas Cole site and Olana.


 Hudson River Days Heritagesptligt
Hudson River days: Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, 2013

The Fifth-Annual celebration of Hudson River Days will take place July 20 - 21, 2013 with more than 40 river and riverfront events spanning the length of the Hudson 

from New York City to Albany. Two River Days events will anchor the festivities on Saturday, July 20th: City of Water Day in New York Harbor and Hudson Rising on the Kingston waterfront and uptown. Activities include free ferry transit between Governor's Island and Liberty Island, live music, exhibits, local food and fresh farm-fare, swimming, half-price kayak and canoe outings, races, children's adventures, sails, fishing, and more. The 2nd Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count will take place at a dozen sites on the Hudson from Brooklyn Bridge Park to the Cohotate Preserve in Athens. On Sunday, free family fishing will be offered by NYSDEC at several sites along the river.

Join us for River Days!

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Tower of Victory Restoration 

For 125 years, the Tower of Victory has stood as the nation's only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. It was commissioned by the son of the President Robert Todd Lincoln, who was also Secretary of War. It stands on the property where General Washington created the "Badge of Military Merit," what is now called the Purple Heart medal. Unfortunately, the Tower is currently in disrepair, and in need of restoration to the stone structure, and a new roof. A campaign to save the Tower of Victory is underway, and you can Donate through the Palisades Parks Conservancy. 


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Snowshoe Hikes in Columbia County: Exploring and Learning About the Hudson Valley


In 2011, the Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded a Greenway Conservancy grant to fund snowshoe hiking programs in Columbia County. When the snow begins to fly and accumulate, the CCSWCD encourages local residents to continue learning about the beautiful Hudson Valley region via snowshoe hikes. The CCSWCD provides opportunities to explore the Hudson River Valley even when the snow covers the traditional hiking paths.

Snow Shoe Girls


In 2013, when the snowfall was significant, the CCSWCD was able to lead public and school hikes such as "Coping with the Cold", "Full Moon Owl Prowl" and "Tracks and Traces."  The Greenway is pleased to be able to support these programs that help Hudson Valley residents to keep active in the winter and connect with the natural world around them.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month

leafLeave Grass Longer for a Healthier Lawn

When mowing, leave the blades longer to discourage weeds and pest insects without using chemicals. Longer grass also shades the roots more, and helps prevent the soil from drying out.

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)

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