Beacon Sloop Club
Volume 34, Issue 5
May  2007
Serving The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater With Pride for 34 years

Message from Our President:

     Books on management say you should steal any good idea and make it yours.  Well, I am going to steal this from Michael Scolnick, our intrepid leader of the Circle of Song.  Friday night, Michael asked the musicians to consider going out on Woody sails and contributing their talent to enrich the experience of the guests and crew.  Way to go, Michael!! 

     We have many wonderful and talented people in the Beacon Sloop Club, and all contribute in their special way.  Sometimes we tend to become separated from one another.  When we combine our strengths, we are mighty. 

     Yes, the Woody sail program would be greatly enhanced by members who bring music, lore, and environmental perspective to our guests.  Somehow we have lost some of this.  Consider becoming a part of our guest sails.  Come out on the Woody and contribute as someone who has talent and knowledge to share with our guests.  You do not need a reservation - I will guarantee there is room for singers, storytellers, historians, or environmental gurus on every sail.

     Woody Sailors - I spoke with you earlier this year about the need to be involved with the festivals. They fund our insurance and basic operating costs.  We provide a major public outreach venue for the Club and like-minded groups through our festivals.  Yes, you contribute by providing sails on the Woody, but there is much that needs to be done at festivals and far too few people are helping with them.

     Let's not become too caught up in our special areas of interest, important thought they are.  We are all "swimming to the other side."



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:


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


Clearwater Festival
June 16 &17

10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Get ready for a great weekend
At Croton Point Park on the banks of the Hudson.
Music, dance, storytelling, juried crafts,
Waterfront activities, interactive play area,
Natural and International foods,
Environmental education.
A co-project of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
And Westchester County.
All revenues support Clearwaterís environmental work.
or call 800-67-SLOOP


Riverlovers 17th Annual Shadfest
Sunday, May 20, 2007

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine
at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson.
Free admission.  Parking $6.
Music, food, environmental exhibits, shad samples, canoe & kayak demonstrations, childrenís events, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater.

Info: 914-286-7679 or


     Nautical Word of the Month

Last month's word challengeAthwart:  The transverse direction; anything extending or across the line of a shipís course.  Athwart hawse, a vessel, boat, or floating lumber accidentally drifted across the stem of a ship, the transverse position of the drift being understood.  Athwart the forefoot, just before the stem; ships fire a shot in this direction to arrest a stranger, and make her bring-to.  Athwart ships, in the direction of the beam; from side to side: in opposition to fore-and-aft.

Next month's word challenges:  Stem

From The Sailor's Word-Book:  An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms by Admiral W. H. Smyth, 1867.    
                              Submitted by Tom LaBarr




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






Beacon Sloop Club Executive Meeting
April 24, 2007

Beacon Sloop Clubhouse - 7:30 p.m.

Present were:  John McLaughlin, Linda Beatty, Joyce Hanson, Pete Seeger, Sue Altkin, Jim Finnigan, Tom LaBarr, Ron Bel, David Eberle, Liz Nedwell.

Jim Finnigan brought the completed 2001-2005 tax forms to the meeting and gave a brief report.  President McLaughlin signed the forms and they were given to Treasurer Linda Beatty to be sent to IRS.  Jim was thanked by the group, and there was discussion of obtaining help from Don Wilen regarding the tax forms and our status with NY Charities Bureau.  John will pass along contact information for Don to Linda Beatty for further action.

Linda is working on the 2006 taxes and will send them out soon.  She has encountered some problem with the receipts for the last Strawberry Festival and is sorting this out with the bank.

John conveyed some information re the Strawberry Festival to the group.  Phyllis Newham definitely needs someone who can check out the park electrical system for the Strawberry Festival.  The bamboo plates, etc. are much too expensive to use--an alternative recyclable plate\bowl product is needed.

John reported that Tom Baldino has contacted John Cronin and Joe Braun to try to expedite the placement of the Institute's docks in the harbor.

David Eberle, Vice President of the Southern Dutchess NAACP, asked the BSC to work with him and the NAACP to get minority youth active in sailing and other BSC activities.  He indicated that he would work to recruit kids and he would follow through with the NAACP to achieve this if BSC would commit to taking the kids out on the Woody and in other river-centered activities.  Tom LaBarr was very enthusiastic in committing the resources of the Environmental Committee and the BSC members and President McLaughlin, received Davidís proposal with strong endorsement.

There was a brief discussion of T-shirts for the Strawberry Festival.  Tom LaBarr needs to get in an order of shirts in time for the festival.

John McLaughlin



CPR and First Aid Class:  The CPR and First Aid class is scheduled for Saturday June 2nd from 9 a.m. until about 1:30.  The class time includes short breaks but no lunch break.  Cost is $75 per person payable at class time and includes manuals and certification cards.  The class is open to all club members and anyone interested in certification.  The class will be given by Walt Piszchala, see the website at <>.  Email <>.  Please confirm attendance by email to <>.

Strawberry Sunday

June 10th is the day we all come out to celebrate our beautiful river by serving up a great riverbank festival for one and all.  Some folks will bring along a few friends and join in the berry hulling or baking, while others have their own favorite festival thing to
get into.  Whether you're a guest or a volunteer, you will have an afternoon of wonderful music performed on the Earth Stage by musicians who give their time and talents to help make this planet a better place.

Also on hand for your listening pleasure will be a series of exciting guest speakers with lots of info and environmental updates.  Anyone can take a seat and listen to the latest news and views.  Checking out the craft and food vendors is also high on the list of
choice favorites with volunteers and festival goers alike.

If you haven't signed up as a festival volunteer yet, there is still time.  Give a call to the Strawberry Coordinator at 845-831-6962 or email <>.  See ya soon, Phyllis
P.S.:  Please photo copy the enclosed flier and distribute far and wide. Leave no bulletin board undecorated and hand them to friends you havenít met yet...


Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor:  We are working hard doing several extra festivals this year, supposedly to get extra money needed for the work on the Woody.  I see that the proceeds from these extra festivals are going into the Beacon Sloop Club general fund, and I see that the Woody Fund continues to have a negative balance.  Shouldn't we be giving the proceeds from the extra festivals to the Woody Fund so that they can get rid of their negative balance?  Isn't that the point of the extra festivals?

                     Anonymous volunteer


Beacon Sloop Club General Meeting Minutes
May 4, 2007

John R. McLaughlin, President, presiding.

May the Circle be Unbroken:  Sloopers know their priorities; and that was Pete Seeger, the founder of our Club, and his birthday celebration!  Strains of music wafted into the light spring breeze as club members gathered outside, while the sun slowly sank into the horizon of our beloved Hudson River.  There was plenty of delicious potluck, including a huge sheet cake with a banjo theme and ice cream for all!  Congratulations to Pete on his 88th birthday and the showing of his documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song on Sun., April 29th at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.  This reflective film emphasizes how one man's dream of using song to change the world touched the lives of so many.  Toshi Seeger along with Norman Lear are Executive Producers of the film, Jim Brown is the Director and Kitama Jackson (Peteís grandson) is Associate Producer.

Gracious thanks to the many creative Circle of Song musicians, some of whom travel 3 hours to our meetings.  They include Mike Skolnick, organizer, and Nelson Adler, Sue Altkin, Tom Baldino, Scott Berwick, Walter Castle, Vinnie Cerniglia, John Dull, Martin Dull, Dave Fecca, Dan Einbender, Barry Gruber, Spook Handy, Maryellen Healey, Ingrid Heldt, Kurt Hauck, April Iorio, Clifford Seth Lebowitz, Michael Meade, Victorio Roland, Pete Seeger and Yselle Shapiro.  Special thanks to singer and guitarist Victorio Roland for leading us in song along with Pete Seeger.

Treasureís Report:  Linda Beatty,
Treasurer, reported that Jim Finnigan, former Treasurer, has finished the 2001-2005 taxes.  Linda is still working on the 2006 taxes
.  Big cheer for both of them.  Don Wilen has agreed to help us with our status with the New York Charities Bureau.

Woody Report:  The Woody is still under repair at White's Marina, and work parties at 10 a.m. each Sun. are ongoing.  On Sun., May 6, the boatís sole will be installed.  Pres. Mc Laughlin praised both Capt. Kip Touraine and Jim Goergen, Beacon cabinet maker, for their artistry.  All skill levels are needed to help get our boat ready for the water this season.

Building Committee:   Sue Altkin, Vice President, asked for help for the Sat., May 5 work party at 9:30 a.m. and potluck lunch afterwards.  No special skills are needed, and there is always plenty of work to accomplish around the club, both inside and out.   This time of year pruning and planting flowerbeds is always needed as well as wood chopping.  A special thanx was given to Mel and Vinnie for the use of their truck when work was being done to expand the roof hole around the club's huge mascot tree.  Anyone who has time to donate in helping spruce up the clubhouse should contact Sue Altkin!

Strawberry Festival:  The festival is set for Sun., June 10th with Sat., June 9th at Aimee and Tom La Barr's house for hulling and freezing the strawberries and biscuit mixing.  Also, much of the set up in the park will be done that day. Refreshment and lunch will be served!  Phyllis Newham can use help with the festival, especially at the booth for whipping the cream.  Contact Phyllis at 845 831-6962Betty Harkins could use volunteers at the Environmental Tent.  Call Betty at 845 831-8606.

RiverPool:  Betty Harkins
stated that there will be training regarding installation and use of the pool on Sat.,  June 9 at the pool site in Beacon Park.  Helpers are needed.  Sat., June 23 is set as installation day for the pool.  Sun., Aug 5 is the pool fundraiser, the 4th Annual River Swim.   Raindate is Sun., Aug. 19.  Swimmers, kayakers and helpers are needed.  Volunteers should go to the <>.  Pres. John Mc Laughlin, maintenance coordinator for Riverpool, could use help with repairing the eroded areas around the pool entry site before the pool is installed.  Call John at 845 543-0721.

Broad Old River  Resurrection Committee:  Maryellen Healey(Mel),
reported that there will be a limited edition release of 100 CDs of the Clearwater Hudson River Sloop Singer record, Broad Old River, at this year's 2007 Clearwater Revival.  There will be a lyric booklet included.  Vinnie Cerniglia made the CDs last summer using his home PC.  All proceeds will go to both the Clearwater and BSC to restore our boats.  Peggy Atwood is helping to disseminate info on this effort.  The plan is to have John Guth, engineer, who has safeguarded the 8 track, 1987master for 20 years, remix it and make 1,000 copies.  Donations are needed for productions costs. Please make checks out to:
Vinnie Cerniglia
1213 Burlingham Rd.
Pine Bush, NY 12566

Capt. Tom La Barr and Capt. Tom Baldino introduced a proposal to have the BSC become a recycling site for Seaman's Recycling Program for Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs. The proposal did not pass, and a suggestion was made to have further discussion and information provided regarding this idea to dispose of mercury fluorescent bulbs properly.  Capt. Baldino suggested putting pressure on the manufacturers for recycling.

RiverLovers 17th Annual Shadfest will be held on Sun., May 20 at Croton Point Park, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  The BSC will be participating.  Fran Sansone will make chili to sell along with Ron Bel. Volunteers are needed to help sell the chili.  Please contact Fran at 845 565-6499.  John McLaughlin will take the solar trailer to the festival, as Saul has a business commitment.

Contributions to the newsletter are needed by the Mon. following the Fri. meeting and should e-mailed to Linda Beatty at <>.

Thanks to Mary Schmalz, Liz Nedwell and Ron Bel for their efforts in setting up and cleaning up at each meeting.

The meeting adjourned and Pete cut and served his cake to the delight of all - Thanks to Tom LaBarr for providing the ice cream.

A special thanks to Piggy Bank Restaurant, 448 Main St., Beacon for donating food for our potluck.

Respectfully submitted, Francesca Sansone


Environmental Education Report

Greetings from the BSC Environmental Committee.  On April 21st working in harmony with Clearwater Educators, we put on another Hudson River Life exhibit for the public during the Earth Day celebration at the Beacon waterfront.  The weather was warm and clear and a perfect day to be outside enjoying nature.  We performed six seines during a flooding current and rising tide from noon to 2 p.m.  The water was quite turbid and seasonably cold.  The day's haul included White Perch (Morone Americana), Spotted Shiners (Notropis Hudsonius), Alewife (Alosa Psuedoharengus), and a small Pumpkin Seed Sunfish (Lepomis Gibbosus).  A Tessellated Darter (Etheostoma Olmstedi) was also taken in the seine; but, after it was observed to be pregnant, it was returned to the river.  The Sloop Clearwater assisted with a trawling that took in a young Brown Bullhead Catfish (Ameirus Nebulosus), a Hogchoker (Trinectes Maculatus), and a fine example of a fresh water crustacean--a male Crayfish.  All were temporarily displayed at the Exhibit tent and safely returned to the river.  Visitors to the exhibit tent got to see these creatures up close and learn how to identify them by observing their fins and body structure.  They were also able to view Dragonfly larvae, Mayfly larvae, and some of the riverís Plankton life as well with microscopes and magnifying glasses.  If you would like to learn more, come and visit us at the Strawberry Festival on June 10th; or if you would like volunteer, come to the next Beacon Sloop Club meeting on June 1st.  We would also like to welcome our anadromous friends the American Shad (Alosa Sapidissima) and the Striped Bass (Morone Saxatilis) a/k/a Rockfish back to the Hudson River and wish them a most prosperous spawning season and remind everyone to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE.

By Edmund Fitzgerald III, Edmund Fitzgerald IV and Blaine Fitzgerald


Environmental Action Report

             The day of the Sloop Club meeting I received information about the recycling of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL).  I decided to present a proposal to the membership at the Sloop Club general meeting that the Sloop Club becoming a drop off point for the collection and recycling of CFL bulbs.  I realize that I should have presented the proposal to the executive board first, but thought that time was of essence and asked John to put me on the agenda, which he did.  (See the minutes for what happened).  I am revising the proposal and will bring it before the executive board.

Compact Fluorescent  Lamps Contain Mercury. When broken, incinerated, or buried in a landfill, they release mercury into the air, water and soil and endanger human health and the environment.  The New York State Department of Health lists more than 70 bodies of water in the State with sport fish consumption advisories for mercury, warning pregnant women and young children not to eat certain species of fish.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps MUST be managed as a hazardous waste in accordance with New York State Hazardous Waste Regulations or the Universal Waste Rule.  Compact Fluorescent Lamps MUST be recycled or managed by an authorized facility in accordance with recent New York State legislation (Chapter 145, Laws of 2004), which became effective on July 12, 2005.  All businesses and households are STRONGLY encouraged to recycle their mercury-containing lamps.  Improper disposal of mercury lamps is AGAINST THE LAW.  Violators will be subject to civil and criminal penalties and may be held liable for contaminated waste sites.  Also, employees may be exposed to unsafe mercury levels from mismanaged waste lamps.
Fluorescent lamps are approximately 75% more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 5-10 times longer.  Using them will help lower your electric bill!
Households are exempt from the regulations but strongly encouraged to recycle compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent bulbs. Right now the only way to recycle them is to take them to your local NYS DEC sponsored Household Hazardous Waste Program.  (See below)  
My proposal will let Sloop Club members bring their CFL bulbs to the general meeting for recycling.  Then expand the service to the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill at a later date.  If we make it more convenient, then more people will recycle the CFL bulbs.

DEC Region 3
Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency  - 845-463-6020 - Eight collection days per year.
Orange County - 845-291-2640 - Two to four HHW collection days per year.
Putnam County - 845-278-6130 - One to two HHW collection days per year.

Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority - 845-364-2444 - Permanent Facility in Pomona open approximately 15-20 weekend days per year.
Sullivan County Division of Solid Waste - 845-794-4466 - Call for details.
Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency - 845-336-0600 - Call for details.

Westchester County - 914-813-5425 - Four HHW collection days per year.

Keep mercury out of the environment!

Comply with state regulations
It is common knowledge that using energy-efficient lighting can help reduce utility costs.  But the benefits don't stop there.  Energy-efficient light sources greatly reduce the amount of solid waste that enters the waste stream, since these lamps last longer than incandescent or halogen lamps and require fewer replacements.  In addition, use of energy-efficient lamps reduces the need for power generation, thereby reducing emissions from power plants that burn fossil fuel to generate needed electricity.  However, energy-efficient lighting products such as fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps contain small amounts of mercury to sustain lamp life and maximize the amount of light produced per watt.

Mercury (Hg) is a natural element that is released into the air by coal combustion and waste incineration.  The main goal should be to keep it out of the air and water.  In the atmosphere, Hg can be slowly converted to ionic mercury-Hg++, also called "mercury two.   It is ionic mercury that can eventually dissolve in rain and come back down to Earth, where it may be converted by natural bacteria to methyl mercury (CH3Hg).  This is the type of mercury that accumulates in fish and shellfish and is often associated with effects on human health. Fish and shellfish are the main sources of CH3Hg exposure to humans.  CH3Hg builds up more in some types of fish and shellfish than others.  The levels of CH3Hg in fish and shellfish depend on what they eat, how long they live and how high they are in the food chain.

Mercury does not get into the air directly from an operating lamp.  It may bind with the glass or the phosphors or other coatings, but it stays in the lamp.  Even when lamps are manufactured, mercury is contained by manufacturing processes or captured by filters.  This leaves only one opportunity for direct mercury release from lamps into the air-breakage at the end of the lampís life.  This occurs when lamps are thrown into dumpsters or garbage trucks, typically prior to disposal.  Because the amount of mercury content in an individual lamp is low, breaking a small number of lamps does not present a health threat to workers.  The improper disposal of large numbers of lamps, however, adds to the global reservoir of mercury.  Burning hazardous wastes, or incineration of disposed materials can also release mercury into the environment.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has classified mercury-containing lamps as Universal Waste, which simplifies disposal and eliminates additional paperwork, transport issues, and disposal charges associated with hazardous waste.

Lamps that contain mercury are identified by their elemental symbol, Hg:

When trying to keep mercury in general out of the air, the two greatest opportunities with electric lamps are  to use energy-efficient lamps (thereby driving down mercury emissions from coal fired power plants) and to avoid breaking the lamps prior to disposal by sending them to a recycling facility.  Mercury recovered from recycled lamps is sold back into the mercury market, and it can be reused in fluorescent lighting.  OSRAM SYLVANIA uses recycled mercury in its fluorescent.

                Tom LaBarr