Brewster's HamletHub Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:47:04 -0500 NY National Guard honors African-American Hero with mural dedication at Camp Smith

The New York National Guard's Camp Smith Training Site garrison opened a newly, modernized simulations training building on-post with a prominent dedication mural to Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant William Henry Johnson on Friday, February 26th, 2020.

Johnson distinguished himself as a member of 369th Infantry Regiment, the famous "Harlem Hellfighters," part of the 93rd Division, American Expeditionary Forces, during combat operations against the enemy on the front lines of the Western Front in France during World War I.

The mural depicts Johnson shaking hands with New York governor Al Smith upon his return to his hometown of Albany in 1919.

The Henry Johnson Mural

The painting is by Westchester artist Chris Rios who runs Rios Studios. Rios depicted Sgt. Henry Johnson meeting with New York Governor Al Smith in Albany, New York, where Johnson worked as a luggage handler at the train station depicted in the painting.

Johnson received the French Croix De Guerre in recognition of his heoric actions on May 14, 1918 when he and his colleague Pvt. Needham Roberts, fought hand-to-hand with a German raiding part of 25 Soldiers and defeated them.

The inspiration for the mural came from a PBS Documentary on Johnson that reported the welcome home event at the Albany Train Station at which Governor Smith shook hands with Johnson. Camp Smith was named for Governor Al Smith who served as governor in 1919-1920 and then again from 1923 to 1928.

Johnson went on a government supported speaking tour after the war, but when he complained about the way African-American Soldiers had been treated by the Army, the speaking engagements dried up. Johnson died in 1929 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

To learn more about the Harlem Hellfighters, click here.

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Troop K removes twenty-six impaired drivers from public roadways over the February 27, 2021 weekend

State Police in Troop K issued 759 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets during the February 27, 2021 weekend.  From 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2021 through 3:00 a.m. Monday, March 1, 2021 New York State Troopers in Troop K issued 354 tickets for speeding violations, 9 distracted driving violations, 7 child restraint violations, 5 move over violations, and removed 26 impaired motorists from the roadway.  Troop K includes Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia Counties.


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Intuitive Astrology March 2021

March of 2021 is full of the unexpected for everyone. Expect the unexpected on all forefronts. Do not act out of emotions or be impulsive. Things must be well thought out and weighed before making important decisions. There is a risk of reacting impulsively, being misunderstood, or interpreting what others want to tell us. Patience is our saving grace!

We will have a much-needed reprieve after a few months that were more conflicted and fraught.We start the month with the Sun in Pisces until March 20. Mercury will be in Aquarius, making us forward-thinking and friendly in our mental approach. We likely have an easier time than expected getting our ideas across to our friends. Venus will be in Pisces, which will make us more overly sensitive. March 4, Mars will be entering Gemini. This will take on a different feeling that we have been having recently. A whole new energy shift! Mercury will be conjunct Jupiter on March 5. It will bring in a wave of goodwill and peace amongst all.

There will be a New Moon in Pisces on March 13. This will allow everyone to start over and finally learn from their mistakes. Try not to make any hasty decisions during this time period. March 14, Venus will be conjunct Neptune. This aspect helps set the path of thinking more innovative and creatively. Venus and Neptune will be coming together, causing chaos in matters of love and passion. The Sun will be sextile Pluto on March 16. Use this time to transform and make the changes that you need to make. Terminate the things that have not been working and use this time to "Re-brand ."Venus will be then sextile Pluto on March 18. Since both planets are powerful in their way, this aspect will likely ignite passion. On March 21, we enter Aries. Great things will start happening for those born in this month!

There will be a Full Moon in Libra on March 28. The focus should be on fun and kindness towards all. There may also be an inclination to be more impulsive; calm down and rethink before you do. Venus will be sextile Saturn on March 30, and this will also bring more security to your love life on all fronts.

Overall, this month has many more good aspects than difficult ones, hopefully helping you find a place of peace.

Pisces (February 20 – March 20) —Happy birthday, Pisces! You cannot expect to get along with everyone you meet. If people or situations rub you the wrong way, it would be wise to grin and bear it and deal with it to your advantage. Simple tasks and communications may seem labored but hang in there. A change of scene would do you right; a change in an outlook is what you need. Try not to focus on the negative side of events. Notice that there are positive sides as well.

Aries (March 21-April 20) —You know that a working relationship must end, but you cannot bring yourself to an end to this matter. Let the next couple of weeks ride out. You will find that saying goodbye is much easier than you initially thought. Try to laugh more, worry less, and believe that things tend to work themselves out for the best in the end. Approach a family matter carefully. You need to regain your focus and deal with these matters appropriately.

Taurus (April 21-May 21) —A crucial decision requires your undivided attention. The current business situation involves new people. Please get to know their strengths and weaknesses. Move through your day, moment to moment, rather than by routine. Repeating a story too many times is likely to bore others. After a point, talking is no longer an acceptable substitute for doing.

Gemini (May 22- June 21) —Your words and ideas travel at light speed, leaving a strong impact wherever they pass. You have no time for limited boundaries. Spend some time with friends and go into the country. Hit the road in search of adventure and inspiration. You can do well enough on your own, but the more people you bring along multiplies your chances for a fantastic time.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) —You may be luckier than usual over you the next few days. Reality is not all that far from your imagination today. Join forces with other dreamers to make things come alive. This will is a time when the friend of a friend comes in very handy. Whether you're hitting the road or broadening your perspective, it feels like the perfect starting point. If you play this advantage the right way, things will turn out to your satisfaction.

Leo (July 23 – August 23) —The great things you have hoped for don't occur as you had expected. Hide your disappointment. Your patience is legendary. You get your way by merely waiting for events to fall into place. Try not to let a loved one control you over this issue. Pursuing your financial goals is an important focal point.

Virgo (August 24 – September 22) —Think about going off on your own business. There may be a market for the networking skills that you usually do for fun. You can wind up helping people make new connections with their companies. With your skills, why not get paid for doing what you love to do. After all, you are a natural salesperson.

Libra (September 23 – October 22) —Unwelcome obligations crowd in on you. Even if you don't want to see your relatives, they would like your company. Make the best of your week. If you wake up in a melancholy mood, there's no reason why you have to remain that way. Treat yourself to good food and set aside some time for your favorite hobby.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) — Have faith in someone's motives, even if their method has you shaking your head. You are more critical of yourself than others who overlook your shortcomings. Try not to micromanage those around you. Upward mobility is not a myth to those who have earned it. Changes made at this time are likely to be permanent.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 22) —You tend to be a leader, and everyone sees that. Don't let other people draw you into their dramas. Try not to waste your time. Go out more and try to meet new people. Opportunities to go out with clients or colleagues are more fun than you think and critical for you to close some business deals more quickly. All work and no play tends to be your focus. Make time to create a social life. Start planning a needed vacation.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) —The end of a project comes sooner than you thought. Moving on is glorious. When you do what you enjoy, you run into a prime opportunity. Singles meet singles. You may find that you meet many people that match many of your interests and talents at this moment in your life. Enjoy the choices. Just try not to be competitive with these new friends.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19) —Do not rush a love prospect. You will be recognized at work as a superior help to light your previous achievements that helped enhance your company financially. A salary increase should follow. Try not to impose restrictions on yourself. Complete the projects that you need to do. Thus resist others influencing you against the principles that you stand for.


Francine Tesler, Psychic Medium Medical Intuitive. Psychic Medium for People that usually don't go to psychics. So what do you Really Want to Know?For more information, contact Francine at,, call 914.469.6693, or visit

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When Ice Came From The Hudson River: Ice Harvesting in Staatsburg

Before the invention of electric refrigeration, how did food and perishables keep cold, especially during the warm summer months?  The answer is ice.  Large blocks of ice cut from a river or lake during the winter would keep food items cool all summer.  But how did the ice move from there into the home?

That feat was the work of an expansive ice harvesting industry, which was active throughout much of the northeast coast of the country (as well as inland, in northern states) between the 1830s and 1920s, and which was dominated for several decades by production on the Hudson River and nearby lakes.

Although Staatsburg in Dutchess County is a quiet hamlet today, it was once a bustling hub of the ice harvesting industry.  Ice was a very valuable natural resource, which required an impressive amount of infrastructure and investment to cut and transport to customers. The labor came from a small army of men and horses.

In the 19th century, as cities grew in size and population, the demand for ice to preserve food and cool people in warm weather grew tremendously, as urban populations did not have immediate access to frozen ponds and rivers.  Hamlets and towns along the Hudson developed a robust trade to supply the demand downriver in New York City, and export ice to other, farther-flung locations.

Another significant consumer of ice was the brewing industry, which used ice in regulating the temperature of fermentation so that beer could be made year-round rather than in a limited number of months.  As the meat-packing industry grew, it too consumed large quantities of harvested ice. 

Some households, like the affluent Gilded Age owners of what today is the Staatsburgh State Historic Site, had the luxury of filling their ice house with ice from a body of water adjacent to their property, but others did not have the same resources and had to purchase ice.

This country estate and 79-room mansion of the very wealthy Mills family frequently hosted parties of houseguests for elegant weekends, and boasted all of the era’s cutting-edge technology and luxurious amenities available, including electricity, gravity-fed plumbing and ice-cooled culinary delicacies.

With a large staff of estate and farm workers, Staatsburgh had the labor needed to cut and store a year-round supply of ice from the Hudson for its own icehouse each winter. A period photograph of the estate buildings at the river’s edge suggests the location of the now missing icehouse: a peaked roof appears behind the double-roofed boathouse complex on the water, and to the right of the powerhouse, which generated electricity for the estate.

Producing and storing ice had been practiced since ancient times in Asia and other parts of the world, by controlling evaporation, but in America, the impetus for a fast-growing ice harvesting industry, drawing on naturally-produced ice in cold weather, is credited to the “Ice King of Boston,” a man named Frederick Tudorwho between 1805 and 1836, developed technical advances that made ice harvesting and storage profitable, creating a mass market for ice. Through tireless experimentation, Tudor reduced loss from ice melt in storage from 66 to 8 percent, and created markets for shipping his product in southern states and the Caribbean.

One of Tudor’s employees, Nathaniel Wyeth, patented the horse-drawn ice cutter which was the first tool to cut even-sided, regular blocks of ice. Before his invention, ice was hacked out in irregular chunks, which led to much loss from melt and inefficient shipping and storage. Wyeth’s innovation made possible a viable ice industry.

Despite rapid expansion, the Hudson Valley ice harvesting trade was consistently outrun by increasing demand for ice, as populations grew, cities expanded, and industries to feed people increased. Complicating things further, ice harvesting was dependent on the weather, and, as a reporter on the trade in 1880 described, “…in not more than two out of three years is the crop a fair one.”  An ill-timed week of warmer temperatures or a rain storm could dramatically reduce the ice yield.  

To meet consumer demand and surmount the vagaries of weather, inventors were keenly focused on developing efficient artificial ice production and refrigeration. In its heydays — between 1840-1920, however, the Hudson Valley ice trade employed up to 20,000 men (and a thousand horses) during the intense weeks of cutting and storing the cold-dependent commodity. Ancillary industries sprung up along the river: barges and ships designed specifically for ice transport, enormous icehouses, ice tool businesses, stables, boarding houses for workers and fields to grow the insulating hay and timber for dunnage (material used to keep cargo in position in a ship’s hold). 

Another premier site for ice production in New York State was Rockland Lake approximately 30 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River’s western shore in Rockland County. Now the location of Rockland Lake State Park, beginning in 1831 ice from the frozen 256-acre lake was transported with the aid of gravity about 150 feet down to the river for shipping to the city. A steam-driven inclined railway for its transport was completed by 1860. Improved machinery to replace human and horse power continued to be developed throughout the age of ice harvesting. 

From approximately 1840 to 1920, ice was harvested from the Hudson River, particularly north of Poughkeepsie. The ice near New York City was not used because, as an estuary, it contained too much salt, which would result in ice that resisted freezing and melted more quickly than the ice from freshwater further north.    

Ice harvesting began in January and on average continued for about six to eight weeks or until the icehouses were filled. The harvesting season was very limited and ice had to be at least six inches thick to be cut, since melting would have occurred in storage and transit; conversely, blocks too large were unmanageable for workers to transport. Men accompanied by horses, and later aided by steam-driven mechanical devices, often worked ten hours a day and seven days a week harvesting and storing ice. In January 1895, the Poughkeepsie Eagle-News reported that many pack peddlers abandoned their routes to work at ice harvesting. Residents of the mid-Hudson Valley who made bricks or farmed in the warmer months, found good employment in the winter harvesting of ice, while other workers handled the shipping of stored ice to markets in the fall, summer and spring.

The process of harvesting ice from the river involved clearing snow or dirt from the surface with horse drawn plows, and sometimes planing smooth the surface.  The area was measured and then scored into a grid by a horse-drawn “marker,” resembling a plow.  Another tool (Wyeth’s ice plow, or a derivative of his invention) then cut blocks free. The long lengths of ice were then floated toward the shore in an open water channel. Once they neared the ice house on shore, a final cut was made with a 4 or 5 foot-long handheld saw.  The ice was moved into the ice house by a horse-drawn or, later, steam-powered elevator or conveyor belt. Workers used a pole to hook the floating blocks of ice and position them on the elevator.  Inside the ice house, the blocks were insulated by sawdust and hay between layers to prevent them from melting and fusing. When the demand for ice

In its heyday, Staatsburg had at least ten private commercial icehouses.  Many companies operated in New York City, but had an ice house in Staatsburg to store ice from that section of the river including the American Ice Company, the New York Ice Company, the Mutual Benefit Company and the Knickerbocker Ice Company.  According to an article in the New York Daily Herald published February 13, 1874, the Mutual Benefit Company had an ice house at Staatsburg that held 15,000 tons of ice.  The company employed 75 men, 10 boys, fivehorses, and a steam engine to fill the ice house.  The largest ice harvesting company was the Knickerbocker Ice Company, which was based in New York, but had ice houses all along the Hudson.  Their ice house in Staatsburg held 25,000 tons of ice and they employed over 10,000 men in the region. In 1896 they had a capacity for 1.8 million tons of ice, which was approximately 50 percent of the entire industry in New York.  began from March onward, barges carrying anywhere from 400 to 1000 tons of ice would ship the ice down the river to sell. 

In addition to commercial ice harvesting in Staatsburg, one of the most successful companies in the village produced tools for the trade. After J.H Bodenstein (1823-1875) emigrated from Germany, he settled in Staatsburg and started a blacksmith shop that made tools used for ice harvesting.  The business officially became the Staatsburg Ice Tool Works in 1868 and the family business continued for four generations. The family held approximately twenty patents for various ice harvesting and other tools including this one for an ice cutting tool.  A catalogue of their ice tools is found here.

The works sold their products both across the United States and abroad. The business lasted for more than a century before closing in 1984 when all of the buildings and equipment were sold by the fourth generation of the Bodenstein family.  

Once ice was cut from the river and stored in the ice house, its final destination was the ice box inside individual homes and restaurants, or businesses such as breweries and food transport. After the Civil War, ice boxes became affordable for the working class, which contributed to the growth of the ice harvesting industry.  

The end of it all came into view when the first electric refrigerator for home use was invented in 1913, but it was not until the late 1920s and several models later that the use of an electric refrigerator in the home became more common and affordable.  This rang the death knell for the ice harvesting industry.  Artificial ice was now able to keep food cold all year long and ice harvesting became a thing of the past by the 1930s.

Today the Hudson River rarely freezes long enough to produce ice of any useable thickness so ice harvesting really is a thing of the past in the Hudson Valley. 

Staatsburg's Ice Industry

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Harckham Bill to Help Track Spread of Lyme, Tick-Borne Diseases Passes in Senate

New York State Senator Pete Harckham has announced that a bill he introduced to help track the prevalence and spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in New York State, has been approved by the Senate. After it is approved in the Assembly, the bill will await signing by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Harckham’s bill (S.677A) requires coroners, pathologists and medical examiners to report promptly to the local or superintending health department whether a deceased person at the time of death was afflicted with Lyme or any other tick-borne disease.

“This legislation will provide important data for medical researchers and public health officials as they battle Lyme disease and other illnesses transmitted by tick bites,” said Harckham. “These illnesses can have devastating effects on an individual’s health, so it makes sense to understand just how commonplace the infections may be.”

New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett is the lead sponsor of the Lyme disease tracking bill in the Assembly.

In August 2017, the State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, in conjunction with the Senate Committee on Health, conducted a public hearing regarding the health threats posed by Lyme and tick-borne diseases in New York State. At the time, there had been several infections and deaths in New York of Powassan virus, another tick-borne malady. It was remarked at the public hearing that current statistics on Lyme and tick-borne diseases may be undercounted because these infections had exacerbated pre-existing conditions (or engendered another illness altogether) but were not listed as the precipitating cause of death.

As a result, it is important that in cases where Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses may underlie the primary cause of death that they are reported as infections to the health authorities for appropriate surveillance and statistical accounting. Around 300,000 people in the U.S. contract Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Washington Post reported last year that over 50 percent of the U.S. population lives in an area affected by tick-borne illnesses.

To see a short video of Sen. Harckham talking about the treatment equity bill on the Senate floor today, click here.

State Senator Harckham represents New York's 40th District, which includes the towns of Beekman, Pawling and the village of Pawling in Dutchess County; the towns of Carmel, Patterson and Southeast, and the village of Brewster in Putnam County; and the city of Peekskill, the towns of Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown, the town/village of Mount Kisco, and the villages of Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.

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Putnam County Health Department News

Looking to get the Vaccine? Individuals who fit in the criteria outlined for phases 1A and 1B are eligible to be vaccinated as availability allows at specific sites. The New York State Department of Health has directed each COVID vaccine provider to vaccinate a specific group of eligible people:

  • Healthcare providers eligible during Phase 1A can be vaccinated through a hospital, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), or at a NYS vaccination site.
  • Individuals who are 65 years of age or older can be vaccinated through a pharmacy, some healthcare providers, or at a NYS vaccination site.
  • Essential workers can be vaccinated at local health departments, or at a NYS vaccination site. A complete list of these essential workers can be found here.
  • People with certain medical conditions can be vaccinated at local health departments, or at a NYS vaccination site. A list of qualifying medical conditions can be found here.

More info here:


Currently, PCDOH is vaccinating specific eligible people per NYS guidelines as availability allows. First and second dose vaccine clinics will continue to be scheduled.

There are currently no clinics scheduled. Future clinics will be scheduled as more vaccine is received.

Stay tuned- DOH will share the registration link here and on the HELTH department's social media once a clinic is scheduled.

Actual appointment availability may vary week-to-week based on an effort by NYS to ensure equitable distribution.

NYS vaccination sites may have changing availability. To check for appointments at a NYS vaccination site, please click here or visit

When a Putnam County DOH Point of Distribution clinic (POD) is scheduled, the link will be shared on this website and social media as appropriate.

The health department is made aware of vaccine allotment and assignments from NYS on a weekly basis. As such, Putnam will be scheduling Point of Distribution clinics less than 1 week in advance for the first dose.

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Sweat for Vets Tomorrow in Carmel

On February 27th, the Joseph P. Dwyer VET 2 Vet of Putnam County and CrossFit of Carmel along with local residents will be coming together once again as a community to raise awareness for our veterans through fitness!
Sign up for an hour that works for you. Each 1 hour class (beginning at 10:00 am) will be capped at 10 participants to allow for social distancing regulations. The hour will consist of a warm up, a word about our cause and a 22 minute workout to honor our veterans with our sweat! All levels of fitness can participate, the workouts can all be modified to meet you where you are.
For anyone wishing to participate via zoom, we will have that option available also for the 10:00am session.
CrossFit of Carmel is located at 1961 Route 6 in Carmel, NY
We want them to know that we care about them, that we are here for them and that their lives matter to us. Our model is we are STRONGER TOGETHER!
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Green Chimneys Students are 'Learning and Growing'

Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, Green Chimneys School students are showing a range of ways they are learning and growing. During the last quarter, over 115 of our students made the honor roll or high honor roll. That's more than half of the student body! And while we have many children with special needs who have excelled at academics, most students have worked hard to adapt to new situations, practice communication skills and enhance coping skills.

Recognizing small and large accomplishments is woven into the fabric of Green Chimneys, and staff strive to help students improve confidence by helping them experience success in building relationships, embracing patience, and partnering with animals and nature to accomplish new tasks. The month's influx of snow and ice added to schedule disruptions for students and complications for staff, but the care of our children and animals knows no interruption.


Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services, in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature.


Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center in Brewster, NY, with a second campus in Carmel, NY, Green Chimneys is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Green Chimneys services include an accredited special education school on two campuses; residential treatment center; nature-based therapeutic programs; community-based support for youth and families; and public education and recreation opportunities for all ages.



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Rachel Thompson named to the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor List for Fall 2020

Rachel Thompson of Brewster has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2020 semester.

Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester's work are placed on the College's Dean's Honor List.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

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Free electronic filing options for military members and their families

Active duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation. One is IRS Free File. This program offers online tax preparation, electronic filing and direct deposit of refunds, at no cost.

Members of military and their families who have income below $72,000 may choose from any of the Free File tax software companies to help them prepare their tax returns online.

Free File Fillable Forms is available for those who have income above $72,000. Taxpayers who choose Free File Fillable Forms as their Free File option should be comfortable completing their own tax forms without the help of tax preparation software.

Taxpayers can use Free File on any personal computer, tablet or smartphone. Here's how it works:

  • The taxpayer goes to the Free File page on to see all Free File options. Some products are available in Spanish.
  • Military personnel who meet the income requirement can select from any of the providers that have "Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $72,000 or less in their offer.
  • The taxpayer selects a provider and follows the links to their web page to complete and electronically file their tax return.

Electronic filing, including Free File is the best way to avoid pandemic-related paper delays. E-filing combined with direct deposit is the fastest way to get a refund.

Using Free File can help taxpayers figuring things like their earned income tax creditchild and dependent care credit and recovery rebate credit. If someone is eligible for a recovery rebate credit – and either didn't receive Economic Impact Payments or received less than the full amounts – they must file a 2020 tax return to claim the credit even if they don't usually file.

Taxpayers using Free File will need their prior-year adjusted gross income. This is required for all electronic tax returns as part of the user's electronic signature. For taxpayers who have filed before, their 2019 tax return will show their adjusted gross income. If their 2019 return has not yet been processed, they may enter zero as their prior-year adjusted gross income. People who used the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool last year to register for an Economic Impact Payment, should enter $1 as their prior year AGI. People can visit for details on, claiming the recovery rebate credit if they aren’t required to file a tax return.

Miltax is another free tax resource available for the military community, offered through the Department of Defense. MilTax is a suite of tax services available for members of the military, as well as qualifying veterans and family members. There are no income limits. MilTax includes tax preparation and electronic filing software, personalized support from tax consultants and current information about filing taxes. It’s designed to address the realities of military life – including deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals and multi-state filings. Eligible taxpayers can use MilTax to electronically file a federal tax return and up to three state returns for free.

Active duty military stationed in combat zones have more time to file their tax returns. However, those with spouses and families may choose to file as soon as they can to claim various tax benefits for which they may be eligible. If only one spouse is present to file a joint return, they must have proper authorization to file a joint tax return on behalf of their spouse The IRS website has more tax information for members of the military.

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Brewster Student Named To President's List At Berkley College

Kristen Tumminello of Brewster in Putnam County, NY, has been named to the President’s List at Berkeley College for the fall 2020 semester.

“Congratulations to all of our students on their resilience in making the transition to a virtual learning environment, while excelling in their studies,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Their work ethic and talent will serve them well as they progress toward their future success.”

Berkeley College students with a minimum of 12 academic credits who achieve a grade point average of 4.00 for two consecutive semesters in the same academic year qualify for the President’s List.


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A Conversation with Putnam County Farmers

What does it mean to support local farms? Join us for a virtual conversation with Putnam County farmers. Putnam has a long history of agriculture--known as the gateway to the farms. We still have farmers right here in Putnam County, and we want to introduce you to them. 

Conversations with Putnam Farmers

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

You’ll hear from Pro Brothers, a small family-owned, certified organic vegetable farm, located in Brewster, NY, currently specializing in all types of greens, a handful of herbs, and some other seasonal crops. See more at their website:

Hear more about the Cat Rock Egg Farm. Established in 2009, they’ve provided organic eggs from their backyard chickens, quail, ducks, guineas and turkeys to neighbors, friends, restaurants and shops in the Lower Hudson Valley and beyond. They also offer ready to cook meat birds, maple syrup, garlic and honey on occasion. Follow @thecatrockeggfarm

Join Longhaul Farm in Garrison to hear about their diversified vegetable farm. Longhaul Farm was established in 2011 by Jason Angell and Jocelyn Apicello. They practice regenerative growing that is based on nourishing the soil and doing
everything with human power. On their 10,000 sq-ft of growing space, they have a 40 member CSA and donate to local food pantries. In the forest, they also raise hens, meat birds, turkeys and pigs. See more at 

Hosted by Tamara Tripp of Hudson Valley Mushrooms. A micro-farm in Patterson, Hudson Valley Mushrooms specializes in traditional log-grown shiitake mushrooms grown outdoors, using traditional techniques and without single-use plastics. See more at their website:

Pre-register at

For information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s community programs and events go to Stay connected to CCEPC on Facebook at and Instagram at and Twitter/@CCEPUTNAM. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County provides equal program and employment opportunities. 

Please contact our office at 845-278-6738 if you have any special needs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. If you have a disability and are having trouble accessing this information or need materials in an alternate format, contact for assistance.

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Putnam Requests Vaccines for Teachers County works with Senator Harckham

Earlier this week officials in Putnam County held a meeting with New York State Senator Pete Harckham. The purpose of the meeting was to escalate local concerns regarding the ability of schools to safely introduce more students back in to the school building. 

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Mahopac Superintendent of schools Anthony DiCarlo have been vocal about the importance of vaccine availability for school staff and faculty, and that was a major focus of this meeting. The pair urged the Senator to contact the Governor directly as well as the New York State Department of Health (NSDOH) and New York State Department of Education (NYSED).  

During the meeting Senator Harckham agreed to advocate for more vaccines specifically for school staff in Putnam County and has subsequently sent a letter to Commissioner Zucker requesting an increase the vaccine allotment specifically for Putnam County teachers and other school staff.  County Executive Odell assured the group that the Putnam County Department of Health has the capacity to vaccinate teachers when additional vaccine is supplied by the State.  Also included in the Senator’s letter was the request for clear and specific guidance for the next steps in the safe reopening of schools. 

During the meeting, Odell and DiCarlo, along with representatives from the Putnam County Department of Health also shared their concerns that schools are left behind as the State moves ahead with the phased reopening of industries and businesses. 

County Executive Odell says, “We want to ensure Albany hears the concerns of the Putnam community. The safety of students and staff is and always has been paramount. Our districts adhered to the school reopening guidance prior to reopening last fall. As with all other industries, our schools must now be permitted to continue their phased reopening. This pandemic model of in-person learning must evolve. Updated State guidance as well as vaccinating our teachers and other school staff are vital components of that forward movement.” 

Putnam County school districts have been working together with the Putnam County Department of Health since last Spring to address the health and safety concerns alongside the educational needs of each community. While what works in one school district may not work in another, the coalition of Putnam superintendents have worked together to interpret guidance from New York State and implement plans that adhere to (NYSDOH) and (NYSED) guidance documents. These documents were last updated in the summer of 2020.  

Mahopac Superintendent of schools, Anthony DiCarlo says, “I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Senator Harkham and County Executive Odell to ensure that we can continue to provide appropriate education in our schools that meet health and safety guidelines. Presently, we are analyzing the updated guidelines and actively encouraging out teachers and staff to obtain vaccinations . The advocacy efforts of both the Senator and County Executive in these areas are invaluable in our success. Additionally , we are surveying our families to ensure that we are aligning our priorities with theirs as we look to welcome back more students as guidance permits.” 

Putnam Valley Town Supervisor Sam Oliverio who worked for the Putnam Valley School District for over 30 years, strongly applauded and supports the advocacy of both Executive MaryEllen Odell and NY State Senator Harckham.  Oliverio stated, “Our children are our greatest resource and treasure.  To continue this remote and hybrid educational models, especially for our Middle and High School students is ludicrous.  These young people need the social interaction, hands-on learning and participatory education that only in-person education can provide. It is shameful that our Faculties and school Staff have not all had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated to ensure that the in-person model of education can proceed.  I am hopeful that the State and especially the Governor’s Office hears the requests from our representatives and acts quickly and decisively to provide these needed vaccines.”   

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Cuomo Announces New Directive Requiring Insurers to Cover Infertility Services for New Yorkers Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

Department of Financial Services Circular Letter Builds on New York's Nation-Leading Actions to Protect the Rights of All New Yorkers

New Action Part of 2021 Women's Agenda

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Department of Financial Services has issued guidance requiring New York health insurers to cover fertility services for all New Yorkers regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Under this new guidance, health insurers are now required to provide immediate coverage of services for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility for consumers covered under individual, small group, and large group health insurance policies and contracts who are unable to conceive due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This guidance - first proposed in the Governor's 2021 State of the State as a key component of the Women's Agenda - builds on New York's nation-leading actions to protect the rights of all New Yorkers. 

"Every New Yorker regardless of sexual orientation or gender identify should have the same opportunity to conceive a family, and we must do everything we can to ensure cost is not a barrier," Governor Cuomo said. "In New York State, we believe love is what makes a family and that the law must work for everyone. This action will go a long way toward achieving that goal." 

This circular letter builds on a number of nation-leading actions to protect the rights of both women and LGBTQ New Yorkers, including the required coverage of in-vitro fertilization services by insurers providing large group coverage, the enactment of Marriage Equality Act, GENDA, legalizing gestational surrogacy, banning conversion therapy and the gay and trans panic defense and, most recently, repealing the 'Walking While Trans' ban. 

Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls Melissa DeRosa said, "Starting a family can be a personal and emotional challenge, especially for LGBTQ couples. With this action we are taking an important step forward toward family equity as we continue working to ensure all New Yorkers have full access to reproductive health services."

Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell said, "Today we are taking another important step to support family equality in New York. Requiring New York insurers to provide day-one coverage of infertility services to individuals who are unable to conceive due to their sexual orientation or gender identity is necessary to prevent discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community."

Current Insurance Law requires insurers to cover infertility services. However, before qualifying for coverage, individuals who are unable to conceive due to their sexual orientation or gender identity must nonetheless sometimes pay 6 or 12 months of out-of-pocket expenses for infertility treatments such as testing and intrauterine insemination to demonstrate infertility.

The circular letter issued today directs insurers to provide immediate coverage for basic infertility treatments (e.g., intrauterine insemination procedures) that are provided to individuals covered under an insurance policy or contract who are unable to conceive due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in order to prevent discrimination.

A copy of the Circular Letter can be found here

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A Night of Barn Comedy at Tilly's Table on Sat. March 27th

Just Added - a Second Night of Barn Comedy at Tilly's Table on Saturday, March 27th

Tilly's Table is Bringing Back Happiness and Laughter to Brewster! Enjoy a Buffet Dinner and a Night of Comedy you won't want to miss. Laugh all night with Headliner, Jim Dalakas, Feature Crazy Gene Trifilo & Host Adam Izzo! We will be holding this event in the Barn at Tilly's Table with our NEW His & Her bathrooms.

We will be following Covid guidelines at 50% capacity. A FACEMASK IS REQUIRED at all times unless you are sitting at your table eating.

Doors open 6:30 PM and Dinner is from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showtime is from 8:00 PM -10:00 PM Tickets are $40 + tax, Includes the Show & Buffet Dinner. Cash bar will be available throughout the night.


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