Beacon Sloop Club
Volume 34, Issue 3
March  2007
Serving The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater With Pride for 34 years
Message from Our President:

Great general meeting this month!  I know it was long, but much was accomplished.  Thanks to everyone for their patience.  In that vein, please be ready to be very straight and to the point at future meetings if you are making reports and, if you are making announcements, do it quickly as a courtesy to all.  I know many of you come with causes you want to advance, but much of that could be done with handouts and inviting interested parties to talk with you after the meeting.

As you will see by examining the budget, it is going to be a very tight year money wise.  The membership has agreed to add two more festivals:  One on the 4th of July and the other, with an Alternative Energy theme, at the time of the Ramble.  Takes us back to the old schedule of five festivals each year - we can do it.

One area where we could save many dollars and be more environmentally responsible is by sending the Broadside out by e-mail.  We spend around $1,500 each year in mailing the Broadside.  We spend additional funds in buying paper and printer ink.  This could be saved if more members would agree to receive the Broadside as an e-mail attachment.  Thus far most of you seem reluctant to do this.  Every other club I belong to sends its newsletters to most of its members via e-mail.  If we were to do so, we would save money and trees.  AND you would get the newsletter more quickly.

Fran Sansone is heading up the BSC table at the Clearwater Spring Splash and can use your help with this.  Step up and volunteer to man the table and with other preparations.  Call or e-mail her and she will put you to work.  Also, BSC is doing the program for the Spring Splash; thanks to Jim Schumm for volunteering to do the layout work and Tom LaBarr for stepping up to help with the printing.  BSC also has the opportunity to sell ads in the program and split the profit with Clearwater.  If you have a prospect for an ad, check with John McLaughlin for the pricing schedule.

All of these activities will help keep the Club fiscally sound and enable us to complete work on the Woody.  Plans at this time are to bring her back soon.  When she is back at White's, work will begin with coordination done largely by Kip Touraine and Jim Birmingham.

Be sure to check out the across the bridge chain on April 14th.  Beacon Sloop Club has endorsed the event.

John McLaughlin, President


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 its 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 p.m.; bring a covered dish to share and your own place setting.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and lasts about an hour or so.  The meeting is followed by a sing-along.

The Beacon Sloop Club is now accessible from the web:


NEXT EXEC. COM. MEETING IS TUESDAY, March 27th, 7:30 p.m.
NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING IS FRIDAY, April 6th, at 7:30 p.m.  Potluck at 6:30 p.m.


Please submit articles by the 1st Monday after the Friday meeting for the for the
Beacon Sloop Club Broadside to


Sloop Clearwater's first annual

Come celebrate the rising of the sap and the turning of the season with
Beacon High School Steppers
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Richie Havens
Pete Seeger

Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.
Beacon High School Auditorium

(wheelchair accessible)
101 Matteawan Rd., Beacon, NY
Tickets 2/1:  $25, $35, $50
Available at Brown Paper Tickets:
00-838-3006 or
Information & special sponsorship tickets
Available at, 845-454-7673



Cool the planet, save the Arctic
Climate Crisis Action Day
March 20, 2007
Washington, D.C.
West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For information:


Every Sunday Farmers Market
at the Beacon Waterfront 10-4pm

Simply Valley
All Local Hudson Valley Products
Sprout Creek Farm Cheeses
(Toussaint and Ouray Cheese)
Fresh made Lamb, Mushroom Spring Rolls
Fresh Made Pasta
Mario's Brick Oven Bread
Mary Finger Organic Free Range Eggs

Special Large Quantity orders call 845-562-0192


Hands Across the Hudson
Saturday,  April 14
Meet at the west side of the Bear Mountain Bridge.
Walk with us across the bridge with signs, holding hands, for about an hour.
The message:  "Reduce Carbon by 80 per cent by 2050,  and we will have signs such as "Stop Global Warming  and some will wear green armbands.
Contact Connie Hogarth at or Tom Baldino for further information.





Beacon Sloop Club Executive Meeting
February 20, 2007

     We are giving very serious consideration to holding at least one more festival this year.  In the past the Club did five of them.  Now we are down to three per year.  Highest on the list would be a 4th of July Festival with vendors, music, etc.
     We have agreed that we will cease putting any financial report information on the web site.
     The Harbor Budget will be revenue neutral and the harbor fee will go up to $150 if the new Club budget is passed in March.
     Clearwater will be coming into Beacon for Earth Day, if plans hold.  Also, she will be at our Strawberry and Pumpkin Festivals and may come in at one or two other times.  Patrick Flynn has indicated to Kip that he has no problem with Clearwater and Woody using the same area at Revival to load and unload passengers.
     Additional fundraising is underway and Tom LaBarr, Aimee, and I will prepare an appeal letter for the S.O.S. campaign that will go out soon.
     We need to beef up sales of T-shirts, hats, etc. at festivals and other events.  Volunteers needed to inventory and make up orders.  Steve Van der Merwe and Patrick Fitzgerald will possibly do this.  We need updates on other fundraising activities.
General donation levels need to be totaled, but we believe we have brought in around $2,000 in S.O.S. and general appeal donations.
    Jim Birmingham is working with Jane Shumsky to update vendors site on the web and the form used for the vendors.  Jim and I are working on other additions and changes to the site.
     John will contact the salvager about obtaining the old blocks and other useful items from Sojouner Truth.
     John will talk with Aja about berthing of the Woody at Revival.  Next Cleawater Board meeting is March 18.

     Phyllis called in and asked to make a presentation on Strawberry Festival at next meeting.  I suggest that any of you who need help at the Strawberry Festival be prepared to make a pitch at the meeting and in the Broadside.  Many of you need assistance, but do not ask for help in advance.  People need to know what needs to be done.

Cheers, John McLaughlin


Clearwater Announcement:
     Volunteers needed for Work Party for spring cleaning and light maintenance around the office on March 30.  Call 454-7673 to volunteer.



     Who can explain how the Port-a-johns magically appear in the same spot on the exact day of our Strawberry Festival every single year?  Or how tents and tables mushroom in Riverfront Park on Strawberry Sunday?  What happens to 1500 strawberry shortcakes that pop out of the ovens and how do they get into the ovens in the first place?  Mysteries abound.
    Fear not.  You can help the BSC strawberry festival committee by giving a call to the coordinator (that's Phyllis at 845-831-6962) to find out the dates and times of committee get-togethers, or just to chat about the unknowns in our universe.  Where do those strawberries go in the wintertime anyway?



     If you haven't given us your e-mail address yet, we are requesting that you give it to Tom LaBarr, Membership person, so that we will be able to send out the Broadside by e-mail to you in the near future.  As was mentioned in last month's newsletter, the ink cartridges for Tom's printer will soon no longer be available (within the year), and we have not yet found a solution to this problem; so we would like to be able to send newsletters by e-mail to everyone if it becomes necessary.  Thank you.
     (Have a good printer to donate that could put out large quantities of legal-sized copies and isn't likely to become obsolete for awhile?  Contact Tom LaBarr.)


Letter to the Editor:

    On Page 2, just to the left of the box listing officers and committees, in the 3rd paragraph is mentioned,  "Look for the building with the pine tree growing out of the roof.   Please change the word "pine  to "spruce.   The tree is a Norway spruce, NOT a pine.  I'm a forester for NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and I should know.  It could be a little embarrassing for us to claim identity as an environmental organization and confuse the ID of commonly observed species.

Lou Sebesta

Thank you, Lou, for this interesting observation.  (Ed.)


Beacon Sloop Club General Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2007

John McLaughlin, president presiding.

May the Circle Be Unbroken:  Cloudy weather did not keep our happy sloopers from cheery song nor from good food and camaraderie.  Musicians included our own Pete Seeger along with Tom Baldino, Davis Bernz, Erica Hauk Darcy, Dan Einbender, Dave Fecca, Edmund Fitzgerald, Gale Hauck, Kurt Hauck, Patrick Hauck, Ingrid Heldt, April Iorio, Clifford Seth and Steve Van der Merwe.
President McLaughlin gave a special welcome to John Garesche, Clearwater’s new Development Director.  Contact for John Garesche is <>.  John spoke about developing more projects between BSC and Clearwater.  Our help at the Spring Splash March 24th concert is a start.
WOODY REPORT:  Capt. Kip Touraine reported that the Woody sloop is still at Scarano’s waiting to be hauled to White’s Marina.  The Woody fundraiser raffle with a dinner will be on a Sunday afternoon in August.
HARBOR REPORT:  Capt. Touraine reported that harbor fees have increased by $50 because of financial necessity, making the fee $150 plus a BSC membership.
WOODY DINNER:  Capt. Tom LaBarr reported that that the dinner raised $1,534.  The SOS Campaign is ongoing:  a $125 donation gets you a Woody hooded sweatshirt with pockets.
MEMBERSHIPS:  Capt. LaBarr indicated that memberships can still be renewed and are due.
ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT:  Capt. LaBarr submitted a wish list of equipment for demonstrations and displays.  The Clearwater will be using Beacon Harbor for environmental programs along with the BSC.  One program is called Meet Your River and involves Beacon’s Sargent Elementary School, according to Dan Einbender.
BUILDING COMMITTEE:  Sue Altkin, Vice President, has set March 26th as maintenance week when the roof and ceiling area around the tree will be repaired. Volunteers are needed for various cleaning, wood stacking and wood cutting jobs.  There's a project to build a storage shed to hold festival signs, etc.  Lou Sebesta asked for three or more people who can work together to supply the firewood.
WEBSITE REPORT:  Pres. McLaughlin said that Jim Birmingham asked BSC members to consider signing up for e-mail for the Broadside.  The cost averages $1,500 per year in stamps alone.  Jim is working on the website so that we can sell items and tickets for events.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL:  Phyllis Newham announced that the June 10th festival needs volunteers.  A 10 a.m. March 10th meeting will be held at Cthonic Clash Coffee house on Main Street in Beacon.  Betty Harkins stated that Pete Seeger, Andy Rekin of the New York Times and Ned Sullivan, Executive Director of Scenic Hudson will be at the Environmental tent. Volunteers are needed for that tent, and Jane Shumsky needs help with computerizing the vendor list. Tom LaBarr volunteered to help her.  Also, Jane needs help directing the vendors at the festival.
CLEARWATER REPORT: Dan Einbender stated the Clearwater sloop will be able to participate in our festivals this year and will be able to dock in Beacon.  Many BSC members are helping with the Spring Splash Concert at Beacon High School.  Tix are still available at Beacon Art Supply or thru Clearwater.  Donations for the food table will be accepted.  Children cannot purchase any food that is more than 30 per cent fat, but adults can, per Beacon School District regulations.  A suggestion was made that BSC should participate in the sloop tent at this year's Clearwater Revival in June.  Volunteers will be needed.
The availability of Pete Seeger's TV program, Rainbow Quest as marketable fundraising CD’s for the Woody was discussed.  Toshi Seeger suggested marketing a Clearwater movie.  More discussion needed with Fran Sansone, who suggested selling the Rainbow Quest CD's.
TREASURER’S REPORT:  Linda Beatty reported that $8,500 had been sent to Scarano's this month, but we still need $12,982.53 to finish paying the bill to Scarano’s before we will be allowed to bring the Woody to White's Marina.  We are expecting a grant of $10,000 any day, and the money Linda received to deposit at the meeting covered the remaining $2,982.53.  However, we still also need to accumulate enough money to pay the truckers to bring the Woody back to White's, and then there will be additional expenses for supplies and other things as we complete the unfinished work ourselves.
OLD BUSINESS:  The 2007 budget was discussed and adopted without objection.
THANK YOU to Phyllis Newham for taking notes for these minutes in Fran’s absence.

Respectfully submitted, Francesca Sansone, Secretary


    Nautical Word of the Month

Last month's word challengeMessenger:  A large cable-laid rope, used to unmoor or heave up the anchor of a ship, by the aid of the capstan.  This is done by binding a part of the messenger to the cable by which the ship rides, in several places, with pliant nippers, and by winding another part of it about the capstan.  The messenger has an eye-splice at each end, through which several turns of a strong lashing are passed, forming an endless rope.  So that by putting on fresh nippers forward, and taking them off as they are hove aft, the capstan may be kept constantly going, and the cable is walked in without stopping.  A superior plan is now adopted, in which the messenger,consisting of a pitch chain, which has a double and single link alternately, works in iron spurs fastened above the lower rim of the capstan.  This avoids the trouble of shifting or fleeting the messenger while heaving in.  Again, the cable itself is commonly brought to the capstan.  "Light forward the messenger!"  is the order to pull the slack of it towards the hawse holes, on the slack or opposite side, so as to be ready to fasten upon the cable which is being hone in, as it comes off the manger-roller at the bows. 
Next month's word challenges:  HawseFrom The Sailor's Word-Book:  An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms by Admiral W. H. Smyth, 1867.    
                              Submitted by Tom LaBarr


Environmental Education/Action

    Automotive engineers at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) unveiled a minivan design that shows automakers can build affordable vehicles with existing technology that would meet or exceed global warming pollution standards for cars and trucks adopted by California and ten other states.  Automakers are currently fighting these standards in court.
     The minivan, dubbed the UCS Vanguard, features off-the-shelf engine, transmission and fueling systems and other technologies that would save consumers money, maintain vehicle safety and performance, and cut global warming pollution by more than 40 percent.  All of the technologies in the Vanguard are in vehicles on the road today, but automakers have yet to combine them all in one single package.  (For a computer-generated animation of the Vanguard's features and the full report, g
o to <>.)  Installing the Vanguard package of existing technologies fleetwide could significantly reduce global warming pollution for all car and truck size classes.  Operational savings would make up for relatively small increases in purchase price.  For example, the Vanguard minivan package would add about $300 to the price but result in more than $1,300 in lifetime consumer savings, with a payback time of less than two years.
     The Vanguard minivan design has eight key components - including improvements in the engine, transmission, air conditioner, fuel system, tires and aerodynamic design - that can be found piecemeal in more than one hundred vehicle models on the road today.  The Vanguard is not a hybrid.  It uses conventional technology to achieve significant reductions in global warming pollution.  For example:

        The Vanguard engine features variable valve timing, currently used in most Toyota and Honda models as well as many Ford vehicles, which better controls the flow of air and fuel into the engine, leading to more efficient combustion and improved performance.
        The Vanguard's six-cylinder engine can deactivate two cylinders when it requires less power, a feature currently found in twenty vehicle models.
        The minivan's "automatic manual" transmission electronically adjusts its six gears to increase performance and efficiency.
        Stronger hoses and tighter connections in the Vanguard's air conditioning system reduce the amount of concentrated global warming pollutants, called hydrofluorocarbons, which leak into the air.  The minivan also uses a less-polluting refrigerant.
        The Vanguard is designed to run on either pure gasoline or a mixture of gasoline and as much as 85-percent ethanol. Using 85-percent corn-based ethanol can reduce global warming pollution from 10 percent to 30 percent.  Using "cellulosic" ethanol could cut global warming pollution by as much as 90 percent.  There are currently 32 types of flex-fuel vehicles on the road.


Woody Report

     The Woody is still at Scarano.  We now have enough money on hand or in the pipeline from grants and donations to pay off the $13,000 we owe Scarano and the $1,350 it will take to truck the boat back to White's.  Several people are working on grants, and I have been made aware of at least one grant of $1,000 that will be coming in soon.  Remember that around $14,000 of the monies we have paid to get the deck done so far has come either from the Club general fund or from a loan.  This money has to be paid back, and additional funds are needed to finish the job.
     A group of Woody Sailors just finished a large grant proposal, and we can certainly hope it gets funded.  Thanks to Kevin, Gigi, and Steve V. for working on this grant.  A new S.O.S. letter will be going out soon, and I hope y’all will give what you can and encourage friends and neighbors to do the same.

John McLaughlin


S.O.S. (Save Our Sloop) Woody Guthrie!

We would like to encourage you to make a tax deductible donation in any amount to the Beacon Sloop Club S.O.S. to help with completion of Phase II: replacing of the deck.  For a donation of $125.00 or more, you will receive limited edition Woody 10 oz. hooded pullover sweatshirt with front pouch pocket.  Color choices are black, forest green, navy blue, royal blue, maroon or Texas orange.   Please make check payable to "Beacon Sloop Club S.O.S.  and mail it to: Beacon Sloop Club/SOS Campaign, P.O. Box 527, Beacon, NY 12508.  For donations of $125.00 or more, please include your size and preferred color choice.