Beacon Sloop Club Broadside
Volume 33, Issue 3
March  2006
Serving The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater With Pride for 33 years


Winter doldrums got you down? Cabin fever creeping up?  Some good boredom-busting activities will be happening this month, including the Sloop Club Candlelight Luncheon and Cleanup,  as well as the annual Sailors of the Woody Guthrie Block Party.
Also, ambitious sloopers who show up to learn about the multrum could well end up as stars in the filming of our multrum training video...see the articles elsewhere in this newsletter for particulars.  As with all BSC activities, wear comfortable old clothes and bring your sense of humor!
We have invited John Wenz of the Cornwall Baymens Association to be our guest speaker for the next general meeting.
See you all in April,



The Beacon Sloop Club Broadside is the official monthly newsletter of the
Beacon Sloop Club, Inc.
The Beacon Sloop Club, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer environmental education/action and sailing organization dedicated to cleaning-up the Hudson River and itís environs.  Our main focus is the Beacon, Fishkill and Newburgh area.
Members meet the first Friday of every month at the Sloop Club Building located just across from the Beacon Train station.  Look for the building with the pine tree growing out of the roof!  A potluck dinner starts at 6:30, bring a covered dish to share and your own place setting.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 and lasts about an hour or so.  The meeting is followed by a sing-along.




"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm."
-Syrus, Pubilius -100 BC

Spring Work Party - Sunday, March 19, at 12:pm (Noon)
Come for some Work and Food/Gourmet Lunch & Potluck

Featuring food prepared by famous (and not so famous) Beacon Sloop Club cooks, locally grown produce and live acoustic music by our very own...well, it's a surprise... So, come eat, drink...and spend a few hours working together.  Bring a dish to share for 5-6, if you can...deserts and beverages welcome too. **Questions?  Sue Altkin 845-239-1405

View from the Web

Iím pleased to announce that we have successfully integrated the old Beacon Harbor site into the Beacon Sloop Club web site. Just as we started the project the old pages suddenly disappeared from the internet leaving us with only paper copies of what was there. Special thanks to Steve van der Merwe for his help in finding the electronic images and content through the magic of Google cache. You can see the newly integrated Harbor pages at <> by clicking on the Harbor button on the top right.  We have added more images to the site. Hopefully, this will make it more interesting and fun.

In our on going effort to keep our site up-to-date and relevant, I once again ask if anyone has pictures of the Woody Guthrie or any Beacon Sloop Club activity to share; please email them to me at <>.  Thanks, Jim Birmingham

Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10-5 at the BSC.
Buy local cheeses, eggs, bread, apples, cider, meats, mushrooms, pastries, milk, maple syrup, hand knits, ceramics and other items.

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Newsletter Articles

The Broadside is always looking for interesting material pertaining to the Hudson River, local environmental issues and sailing.

Deadline:  Please send your articles to Joyce Hanson, editor, at by midnight the Monday after the monthly membership potluck. 

Remember to submit articles one month in advance.  For example, announce March events in the February newsletter.  Deadline for the February issue is Monday, February 6, 2006.

Info: (914) 907-4928


Happenings and Thoughts from Lucille

Hi Sloopers,

We are still in Florida, and won't be back until after the April meeting.  I've been back volunteering as a docent in a refuge, which is 220 square miles of Northern Everglades plus a cypress swamp (440 acres) run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The boardwalk in the swamp, which was destroyed by Hurricane Wilma, has now been repaired.  I am now also "docenting  in two other wetland nature centers run by Palm Beach County water utilities department.

These are fascinating places (built on former farm land), which seek to replicate an Everglades environment (marshes, tree islands, and sloughs) for the purpose of polishing partially treated wastewater to use in watering lawns and golf courses.  They excavated, sculpted the land, planted bulrush, fireflag and pickerelweed, cypress and other trees, and then sent the water in.  They put in bream, catfish and gambusia (mosquito fish), some pig frogs and young alligators.  The tiny gambusia fish have their mouths near the top of their heads to better eat mosquito larva near the surface.  Boardwalks and a visitor center were built with great signage to educate the public about the importance and scarcity of fresh water on earth, and the value of wetlands and wilderness in recharging aquifers, cleaning the water, and preventing floods.  The two new wetlands have substantially reduced the county's discharge of wastewater into the Atlantic (which has been harming the reef there).  More needs to be done.

Iíve been having a great time guiding visitors and playing with my new toy- a digital camera.  Wait till you see pictures of Great Blue Herons and Anhingas on their nests, with their adorable, gawky chicks.  Yes, the herons, egrets, ibises, wood storks, swallows, terns and turtles have arrived and are flourishing.  "Build it and they will come!   The state of the real Everglades is a whole other topic.  Perhaps next month. "Sound Bites  will resume in May, I hope.  Regards to all until then.



Nautical Word
of the Month

Last month's word challenge:  Garland - A collar of ropes formerly wound round the head of the mast, to keep the shrouds from chafing.  Also, a strap lashed to a spar when hoisting it in.  Also, a large rope grommet, to place shot in on deck.  Also, in shore-batteries, a band, whether of iron or stone, to retain shot together in their appointed place.  Also, the ring in a target, in which the mark is set.  Also, a wreath made by crossing three small hoops, and covering them with silk and ribbons, hoisted to the main-topgallant-stay of a ship on the day of the captainís wedding; but on a seamanís wedding, to the appropriate mast to which he is stationed.  Also, a sort of cabbagenet, whose opening is extended by a hoop, and used by sailors to contain their dayís provisions, being hung up to the beams within their berth, safe from cats, rats, ants and cockroaches.

Next month's word challenge: Lubber's Hole

From "The Sailorís Word-Book:  An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms,  by Admiral W. H. Smyth, 1867.

                Submitted by Tom LaBarr


Beacon Sloop Club Minutes, March 3, 2006
Phyllis Newman, President, presiding.

Opening Song:  Pete Seeger and friends sang "Down by the Riverside (Study War No More)".
March for Peace - Phyllis Newham reminded us of the April 29, 2006 March for Peace, Justice and Democracy.  Connie Hogarth handed out fliers regarding the particulars.  Transportation will be discussed at the April 7, 2006 BSC meeting.
Sloop Woody Guthrie - Tom LaBarr reported that Woody Maintenance is taking place on Sundayís at Whiteís Marina at 10:00 am.  The work is indoors and the place is heated by a wood stove.
Strawberry Festival -  Phyllis stated that things are coming alone and that the permits have been filed.  Sol Rozinsky, Jay Armour & Henry are working on the ovens.
By-Laws Review Committee - Nancy Cahill met with a committee that was formed to review the bylaws.  They will meet again soon and then give a report to the general membership regarding their findings.
Treasury - Jim Finnigan gave his report.  Please refer to the report in the newsletter for account balances. He also handed out the proposed budget, which included an explanation of the line item for the Riverpool.  Tom LaBarr moved to pass the budget and Dick Manley seconded for the motion.  Discussion took place and was followed by a vote.  The budget passed with 24 "yea  and zero "nay".  Jim informed us that the BSC has been delinquent with its NYS Charities Bureau reporting for the years 1999 through 2005.  Folks were working on getting the information necessary to bring us back into good standing for our registration status as a charitable organization with the NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau.  This does not affect our IRS 501(c)(3) status.
Friends of Glenham - Tom LaBarr reported that F.O.G. was a local group in the Fishkill area working to protect the recreation area (90 acres) of the old Chevron Texaco Research Center.  The current owners want to sell, but FOG and the Town of Fishkill want to make the recreation area into public park and access areas.  He passed a petition for Fishkill residents to sign to support this.
Membership - Members were reminded that they have to pay their yearly dues. Make your check payable to the Beacon Sloop Club and mail it to the club at P.O. Box 527, Beacon, NY  12508.
Newsletter - All articles for publication in the newsletter must be e-mailed to by the Monday immediately after the general membership meeting.
Building - Pete Seeger reminded us that Sue Altkin was the Building Committee chairperson.  She reminded us that the next Work Party will be held on 3/19/06 at 12 p.m.  Lunch will be a mixture of pot luck and gourmet foods, to be served before the work begins.  At that time there will be a discussion of future plans for building maintenance.  She needs 4 - 5 people to volunteer to be at the Sloop Club building at 10:00 am to set up and to start the fire.  Please contact Sue to volunteer.  All volunteers should bring tools for working both indoors and outdoors, as well as rags and gloves.  They need brooms, brushes, carpenter tools and the like.  Firewood is also needed.  Tom LaBarr stated that he had wood, but needed someone with a truck to volunteer to help bring it down to the club.  Please contact Tom if you have a truck.
Multrum - Pete Seeger reported that Marie Young has been taking care of the routine cleaning of the multrum.  She has not been feeling well lately and so we need additional volunteers to clean the rest room at least once a month about a week before the general meeting takes place.  A sign up sheet was passed around.
Great River Sweep - While Scenic Hudsonís Great River Sweep takes place during the week of April 22 - 30, the organization has not yet given us an exact date for the BSCís participation.
Riverpool at Beacon - Allan Zollner gave an update on the Riverpool.   He stated that site drawings were submitted and that they were going before the Planning Board on 3/14/06 to get the plans approved.  Allan was expecting that the Army Corps of Engineers permitting process would come through soon.  The Department of Health was going through the groupís safety plan.  Allan was interviewed by the publication, "Aquatics International  for an article on Green Design.  He reported that the IRS 503(c) application would be submitted soon and that it would probably take a year before we received tax free status.  On a down note, Tallix, the company that had originally agreed to perform the pool fabrication at cost, was recently sold. The new owners are only engaging in high profit work and will no longer be participating.  They have agreed to give the group guidance in finding some other company to perform the fabrication.  With regard to the D.E.C. grant, Allan reported that a resolution was passed in 2004 with regard to the application, giving Sol Rozinsky (the BSC president at the time), authority to sign the project agreement.  Once Sol was out of office, the D.E.C. said a new resolution was required.  That was passed with Allan Zollner having the authority to sign the project agreement.  D.E.C. now says it needs a re-write of the resolution, naming Phyllis Newham, or her successor as president, to sign the project agreement.  Allan proposed the following resolution:


That Phyllis Newham, as President of the Beacon Sloop Club, Inc., or such personís successor in office, is hereby authorized and directed to execute the project agreement, Hudson River Estuary Grant Contract No. C302733, with the Hudson River Estuary program in accordance with the provisions of the Hudson River Estuary Management Act (ECL 11-0306) of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for financial assistance in an amount not to exceed $75,000, to this Beacon Sloop Club Inc., and to direct and transfer all such granted funds to River Pool at Beacon, Inc, a New York State Not-For-Profit Corporation, for  the purpose of constructing a floating, recreational wading pool from Riverfront Park, a municipal property in the City of Beacon New York, and be it further


That a copy of all future correspondence related to this grant be sent to Alan Zollner, President of River Pool at Beacon, Inc., at 396 Grand Street, Newburgh NY, 12550, or such personís successor in office.

Mary Schmalz moved to pass the resolution and David Eberle made the second.  A lively discussion ensued regarding the BSCís liability and accountability as lead agency.  It was decided that the Riverpool would enter into a separate contract with the BSC regarding its accountability to the BSC and its acceptance of liability, which would be discussed later.  The original resolution passed 32 to 7, with 4 abstentions.  Jim Finnigan requested that the minutes be amended to add:  "Jim Finnigan, Treasurer, voted against the resolution."

                        - Reported by Michelle S. Marcus


Environmental Action Report


The Bush Administration proposes to weaken the Clean Air Act's New Source Review program and allow 17,000 old dirty power plants and other facilities to emit more pollution by not installing modern pollution controls.
Specifically, the proposed changes will allow old power plants to perform major renovations and additions without complying with the Clean Air's emissions standards.
The New Source Review program is needed to bring these old plants up to date - to prevent more pollution-related disease and death and to protect New York's lakes and forests from acid rain.
On March 31, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearings on the proposed changes in Albany, New York and four other cities. Please take this opportunity to speak on behalf of New York's environment.
The hearing is on Monday, March 31, 2003 beginning at 9:00AM at the Albany Marriott Hotel at 189 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY. If you would like to speak at the hearing, contact Chandra Kennedy at 919-541-5319 or  no later than March 26, 2003.
**There will be a Clean Air Rally from 9:30AM-10:30AM on March 31 at the Marriott.**
Visit:  or call Christine Vanderlan, EANY, at 518-462-5526 ext. 234 for more information.
If you don't live in New York and would like to see if there is a hearing closer to you, visit: .

        If you would like to car pool from Beacon contact Tom LaBarr at (845) 831-4267.

        Tom LaBarr

Can any body identify the other two persons in the picture.

If you can please call or send the names to Tom LaBarr.

Phone (845)831-4267

1347 Route 9D
Beacon, NY  12508

If you have any old pictures of the old pictures of the Sloop Club or festivals, please send or email the to Tom LaBarr.