Roe Jan Library to host seed-starting seminar

Roeliff Jansen Community Library, in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene counties, is sponsoring a series of three “Back to Nature” seminars conducted by Master Gardener volunteers.

The first offering in the series, “Seed Starting Essentials & Seed Swap,” will take place Sunday, March 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library and will be presented by Maureen Mooney, a retired nurse who has been a Master Gardener as part of the Columbia and Greene counties volunteer organization for 12 years.

Participants in the presentation will learn about seed starting essentials, best practices for successful germination of seeds, caring for seedlings, and how to transition the seedlings into the garden in the spring. A seed swap will follow the presentation and participants are invited to bring their favorite seeds to share.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Roe Jan Library at 518-325-4101. For guidelines on seed swapping, go to:

Latest News

Sheriff’s report

Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Harlem Valley Area activity report 3/29 through 4/04

03/31 — Deputies responded to the area of 3078 Route 22 in the Town of Dover for a reported single car Property Damage Automobile Accident. The involved vehicle was determined to be the subject an erratic vehicle complaint reported to 911 just prior to this accident. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Andre J Cotto (age 33) for Driving While Intoxicated. Cotto to appear in the Town of Dover Court at a later date.

Keep ReadingShow less
Pine Plains flea market starts April 13

PINE PLAINS — Willow Roots in Pine Plains has sprouted another branch on the family tree as the organization has joined with the town’s First United Presbyterian Church to relocate and expand the flea market originally run by the town.

According to Lisa Zayas, co-founder of Willow Roots, starting on Saturday, April 13, the market will now be located at the church at 3039 Church Street, and will be open every weekend through September from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rather than every other weekend which had been the case.

Keep ReadingShow less
Little League’s field day at Eddie Collins Park

Webutuck Little League players read the Little League Pledge on Saturday, April 6 at Eddie Collins Park before the Opening Day fun started.

John Coston

MILLERTON— The first pitch of the Little League season was thrown on Saturday, April 6 at Eddie Collins Park, but the games would have to wait until Saturday, April 13.

The Webutuck Little League held Opening Day ceremonies at the village park from noon to 3 p.m. with players and parents pumping up the anticipation of another ball season on the newly renovated field.

Keep ReadingShow less
April’s rebirth
John Coston

Like a soothing whisper offering relief from a bad dream, so does April lend relief from the last lingering grasp of winter by offering up rebirth of life, colors and opportunity. Climate makes a welcome tranquil debut with longer days and more sunshine.

Birds, buds and blooms appear and morph to ever increasing colorful maturity. Lawns turn from a dusky brown to lush green. Birds dance their mating rituals wearing their colorful plumage and seeking nesting sites. Maples still drip some sap providing birds and small mammals a sweet treat. Deer find bountiful nourishment for their soon to be born fawns. Bears have emerged from hibernating and roaming for food sources to replentish lost winter fat reserves. Sows could be accompanied by winter born cubs. Don’t get between Mama Bear and her babies or feed the bears. You may be sorry. Coyotes will be having their litters within the next month. Tom turkeys are gallantly strutting to attract their girl friends and hens are seeking out ground nesting sites. Some geese and ducks are already nesting and will soon be trailed by the little ones.

Keep ReadingShow less