Monthly Archives July 2014

New Director of Education at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Cente

The Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm is pleased to announce the hiring of Carol Lake as the new Director of Education at Hilltop Hanover Farm. Most recently working as a sustainable agriculture consultant in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, Carol founded and was the executive director of two educational farms in NH. In the environmental education and sustainable agriculture field for over 25 years, she has started and managed several biodynamic and organic grass fed dairies, and has worked extensively with rotationally managed, pastured livestock operations. The Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm is pleased to announce the hiring of Carol Lake
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Hudson River Almanac: July 10 – 16, 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW Following the dire reports of no monarch butterfly sightings earlier this season, it was heartening to hear of what may be a resurgence, or just a tardy arrival. The American avocet continued its journey down the river, sighted in three more locations. The Hudson Valley’s immature eagles and ospreys advanced their stories as well. And those readers interested in seeing the river‘s fish at first hand should check out the schedule for the Great HudsonRiver Estuary Fish Count on August 2. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 7/10 – Putnam County, HRM 54: The fields at Copperhead Cut on East Mountain were
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Electric Rates in the Hudson Valley Part 2

By Benjamin Falber As we left off in Part I, the fight over the Hudson Valley’s energy future has gone to federal court. NYISO’s new capacity zone is going to raise prices for ratepayers by $70 million this summer just as the sting from this past winter’s polar vortex price spikes are beginning to wear off. When this sort of danger strikes who are you going to call? The NYPSC and the CHG&E (expecting someone else?) each filed separate, now consolidated, petitions at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit seeking immediate reprieve for New Yorkers who face immediate
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Hudson Valley’s Energy Future.

Electricity rates are expected to rise $280 million per year with $70 million of that coming just this summer across the Mid-Hudson Valley. There is a serious reliability problem in the region because there just is not enough energy available to consumers. To solve this problem, the federal government recently approved a new capacity zone for the Hudson Valley, which means that local ratepayers are going to have to front the money to build new generation. This comes just as New York State is beginning a massive transmissive upgrade to bring upstate power into the Hudson Valley, which promises to
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