Philipstown Garden Club: Sponsoring an Environmental Forum

The Philipstown Garden Club blazed a new trail last spring by sponsoring a public forum about the transport of crude oil in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Among the 70 people in attendance were members of Ulster County GC, Millbrook GC, GC of Orange and Dutchess Counties, and the GC of Irvington-on-Hudson. We learned about the dangers of moving shale-imbedded Bakken oil from North Da- kota, Montana, and Canadathrough the Hudson Valleyvia barge, rail, and pipeline to refineries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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The ‘Skills Are Alive

September 29, 2016 | A Blog on Country Life by Dana DiPrima

The hills and meadows of the Catskills are enough to make you want to twirl around and sing at the top of your lungs like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

In 2006, no strangers to this sensation, Mark Izeman, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Ramsay Adams, then a greenhorn public relations executive with roots in the valley, put their heads together to battle the potential invasion of five casinos in the Catskills.  Read more