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7th Annual Patterson Rotary Blues & BBQ Festival


7th Annual Patterson Rotary BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL

A Two-Day Event

Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018 from 12:00 – 7:00PM
at the Patterson Firehouse: 13 Burdick Road, Patterson, NY 12563

Live Blues Bands, Great BBQ, and Kids’ Activities all Weekend

Vendor Marketplace, Guitar/Amp Raffle and Cash Prize Raffle


The Patterson Rotary Club is proud to present this TWO-DAY FESTIVAL, which brings the best blues bands together and features mouth-watering barbecue. Come join us for a great end-of-summer music celebration.  On Saturday, we feature a full blues lineup that includes Guys Night Out, Arthur James, Willa and Company, Petey Hop and Pat O’Shea. On Sunday, we have the musical talents of The Soul Proprietors, The Evan Balzer Trio, The Fresh Paint, the Dylan Doyle Band, and Shorty King.

Presented by ACME Market of Patterson with additional sponsorship by Hamlet Hub of Brewster, Carmel, Somers, and New Fairfield; Clancy Relocation & Logistics; Carmel Winwater Works; the Cultural Arts Coalition and others.

Check out our website for additional information at

The festival will also feature a Kid’s Corner with fun activities for children – so make sure you bring the entire family! There will be a  “Vendor Marketplace” with a selection of vendors offering their specialties. Other offerings on both days include: beer and wine (Please have ID), ice cream and ices, soft drinks, pulled pork, BBQ ribs, burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers, fries, and snacks.

Bring your blanket and lawn chairs, but please remember that no outside food or beverages are allowed. For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit www.PattersonBluesand or contact: Follow us on Facebook: PattersonBluesandBBQ.

Festival listing details are as follows:



When:                     Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018

Time:                       12:00 – 7:00PM

Where:                    The Patterson Firehouse

13 Burdick Road, Patterson, NY 12563


What:                      A casual family friendly weekend of BBQ, live Blues, and kids’ activities.

Who:                        Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Patterson

Cost:                        Free Admission and Parking. Food & Beverages for sale on the premises.

Sponsors:             Presented by ACME Market of Patterson with additional sponsorship by Hamlet Hub of Brewster, Carmel, Somers, and New Fairfield; Clancy Relocation & Logistics; Carmel Winwater Works; the Cultural Arts Coalition and others.

To become a sponsor email

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit



August 20, 2018 |

Influencers: The Devil’s in the Data


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich



Influence over others is among the most important assets of a leader—a bold statement in a world preoccupied with individual rights. With influence a leader can implement new initiatives, increase efficiency, and effectively encourage productivity and change. But with so much information inundating the workplace, whose influence is being felt? Perhaps wisdom concedes to brute force in this case, but what is a knowledge worker to do? How do we regain our influence as leaders in a maelstrom of data? “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” is the answer.

The secret lies in the data stream, the information we are exposed to daily, according to Ron McMillan and David Maxfield in their book, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. “The more information people are exposed to, the more they assume that information is correct and give it priority,” they concluded.

The idea naturally follows the law of mental equivalency, which suggests that our thoughts objectify our behavior. For example, when we read over and over that nuclear power generation is bad (too risky to tolerate), we begin to believe that it must be so because “everyone says so.” Yet, in this time of escalating fuel prices, nuclear power is revealed as a cleaner, less costly, and more efficient power generation system than most others. It is potentially dangerous, but not nearly as risky as riding a bike, which accounts for 700-800 deaths each year.

The data stream, it would appear, has become the overwhelmingly greatest influencer in society. Take this simple test to see how it has affected your thinking.

  • Is someone in the U.S. more likely to die from lung cancer or from a road accident?
  • Is a person more likely to die from tuberculosis or from a fire?
  • Does the English language have more words that begin with the letter “k” or more words that have “k” in the third position?

The Answers…

So, what are the answers and why does it matter? Three times more people die from lung cancer than from road accidents. Twice as many people die from TB than from fires. And, there are twice as many words with “k” in the third position than with “k” in the first.

Most people miss these, even though the rates of occurrence between the pairings aren’t even close. Why is that?

Tversky and Kahneman used these questions to illuminate a judgment strategy they called the availability heuristic. It shows that we judge frequency by recalling a few examples, then noticing how hard they are to bring to mind. Perhaps this contributes to the common use of the term “they” when we cannot find the facts about things. Think of the last few times you’ve heard of someone dying in a car wreck or from lung cancer. If we recall more car wrecks, then we guess they happen more often.

The reason most people get the answers to these particular questions wrong, the authors conclude, “is because our data stream doesn’t reflect reality. If your information comes from newspapers, for example, a typical newspaper has 42 articles about road accidents for every one article about lung cancer. This ‘informational influence’ would lead you to believe more deaths occur from car accidents.”

Consider this tidbit from Knowledge News to illustrate the point.

The basic player in summer heat is, you guessed it, the sun. It must be a lot closer to us in the summer than in the winter, right? Not true.

Actually, with the Earth’s elliptical orbit, we’re closest to the sun in January and farthest from it in July. So the reason we get scorched is not because we’ve cozied up to the celestial furnace. No—summer comes from the tilt of the Earth, which affects the intensity and duration of sunlight we get hit with throughout the year.

Astronomically, Earth’s a little off-kilter, rotating on its axis at an incline, or tilt, of 23.5 degrees. Why the La-Z-Boy position? Scientists think that sometime early on, Earth got absolutely clobbered by a Mars-sized protoplanet in a spectacular collision of worlds. That collision knocked Earth into a tilted rotational axis.

Earth stays in this 23.5-degree tilt no matter where it is in its annual orbit around the sun. In fact, the northern end of the Earth’s tilted axis more or less points toward the same place in space throughout the year—at Polaris, the aptly named North Star. Whichever hemisphere leans toward the sun gets pool parties and picnics. The other hemisphere hauls out parkas.

So why do we think the sun is closer in summer? Because since childhood it’s what most people told us. The data stream rules again.

Similarly, organizations have their own data stream. In the workplace, the data stream is comprised of reports, e-mails, charts, posters, and other information that sets the “mental agenda” of the organization. Not surprisingly, most organizations are clogged with vagrant data, making a coherent message or mental agenda challenging. Additionally, few leaders use their influence over an organization’s data stream to their advantage. This is largely because their messages compete with a barrage of others.

The How To

Research on project execution (by Tversky and Kahneman) corroborates the view that our data stream determines project thinking and actionables. When we leave these to others we lose direction and the usefulness of the data. As above, we also lose touch with the essential activity in our environment and often underestimate its effect on us.

One such study by the authors (Silence Fails) heard senior leaders report that “project managers are sometimes given plans that are nearly impossible to execute, but they didn’t think this potentially fatal problem occurs often, though it is resolved quickly when it does. When surveyed, 85% of project managers confirmed receiving such ‘fact-free’ plans frequently, but only 17% were able to discuss and resolve them quickly, if at all.”

The reason is no mystery; project managers (like so many managers) fear loss of status and support resulting from open discussion of the problem.  So what do they recommend to manage the data stream for more effective use of it? Simply, focus it on the organizational and market elements that produce the greatest return-on-investment. For each organization that may be different. So start with the basics. Set metrics that improve customer satisfaction—on time delivery, anticipating needs, 1:1 follow-up to register satisfaction, giving a little to get more in return. In other words, perfecting the relationship through trust building.

Leaders have a significant influence on employee retention—85% of those who leave a job do so because of a problem with their bosses. Try adding employee retention rates to managers’ files and watch the retention rates go up.

Leaders lead by serving— but with an undirected data stream we leave the leading to others. Start by taking control of the data stream.




August 17, 2018 |

5 Tips to Aid Performance in the Classroom


To Your Health









(Family Features) With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

While you’re busy shopping for pencils, book bags and notebooks, remember that a good night’s sleep should also be at the top of your list this season. Make the transition easier with these five tips from Dr. Sujay Kansagra, director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program and a sleep health consultant for Mattress Firm:

Ease into earlier bedtimes. For many children, the sudden shift to an earlier bedtime and wake-up call can pose a big challenge. Children who were accustomed to falling asleep later at night during the summer will have to slowly adjust their body clocks to move bedtime earlier during the school year. To ease children into the earlier sleep schedule, start moving bedtimes earlier by 10-15 minutes each night until reaching your end goal.

Ensure a comfortable sleeping environment. Pay attention to factors like lighting and noise. It may be necessary, especially early in the school year when the days are still long, to add blackout curtains to help block bright light. If noise is a factor, consider adding some soft background music or a sound machine to serve as a buffer so other noises are less intrusive.

Be sure the bed is up to the task. Another environmental consideration is the bed itself. Mattresses are not always top-of-mind as you consider back-to-school shopping, but when sleep can have such an impact on your child’s educational performance, the right mattress can help ensure students are getting quality zzz’s at the start of a new school year.

Avoid bright light prior to bedtime. Aside from your window, there are also other sources of light that can affect sleep. Several studies have shown that excess screen time just before bed can have a negative impact on the brain’s ability to transition into sleep mode. Try curbing screen time well before bedtime, or if your child must use screens, engage the night-reading feature, which alters the hue of the light for less impact.

Develop a consistent nighttime routine. A routine performed 20-30 minutes prior to bed every night can subconsciously ease children’s brains into sleep. A ritual that involves bathing, brushing teeth, talking about the day’s events, discussing what’s ahead for tomorrow and quiet time with a book are all ways to unwind together and slow down those active minds for a transition toward a peaceful night’s rest.

Remember that sleep is vital for memory retention and cognitive performance. Without it, children may experience behavioral problems and other difficulties in school. Find more resources to help improve your kids’ sleep, including tips on how to purchase a new mattress, at


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August 15, 2018 |

Packing for College — Additional Lists of Items Needed

Bits & Pieces Column

Helpful Chitchat








By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



We have several friends who are in the midst of last minute shopping for their freshman year college student. Most schools send a list of needed items, but so much more can be brought along to avoid having to pay high prices for them once away at college.

Here is a list of the items your student may need:

  • Hangers, belts, tie rack
  • Back-up eyeglasses/prescriptions
  • Travel iron or small ironing board
  • Area rug, beach chair or folding chair
  • Desk lamp or clip-on lamp (extra light bulbs)
  • Radio, alarm clock, wristwatch, extra batteries
  • Small refrigerator (optional), television (optional)
  • Surge suppressors for all electronic equipment i.e. TV, DVD player, computer, etc.
  • Microwave (if allowed), hot air popcorn maker
  • Hot pot for coffee, soup, cocoa (packages of Cup-a-Soup, cocoa mix, tea, etc.)
  • Coffee mugs, plastic plates, package of disposable paper plates and bowls, cups
  • Can opener, knives, forks, spoons (two sets), paper towels, salt and pepper shakers
  • Milk crates for shelves, seats, or storage
  • Computer, printer, ink cartridges, extra UBS, paper
  • Dictionary/thesaurus
  • Waste basket (large — students only clean once a month), plastic bags for liners
  • Address book — filled in, stationery, and stamps
  • Calendar and appointment books, pens, pencils, highlighter, calculator
  • Paper clips, rubber bands, scotch tape, fasteners, thumb tacks
  • Stapler, staples, staple remover, masking tape, Silly Putty (to hang posters on wall)
  • Sheets (is mattress extra long?), bed pillow, mattress pad, blankets, throw pillows
  • Towels, face cloths, bathrobe, rubber shower thongs or flip-flops
  • Plastic pail or carrier to tote items to the shower, soap dish
  • Hair dryer, curling iron, shampoo, combs/brushes, soap, deodorant, razors
  • Nail clipper, tweezers, manicure set, Swiss Army knife, magnifying mirror
  • First aid kit, small scissors, extra Band-Aids, ace bandage, knee brace, lip balm, Blistex
  • Antiseptic, tissues, cough drops, allergy medicines, aspirin,
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, paper cups or plastic rinse cup, mouthwash
  • Sewing kit, small scissors, safety pins
  • Shoeshine kit, lint brush
  • Small tool kit, flashlight, extra batteries, measuring tape
  • LARGE laundry basket or bag, detergent and stain stick, quarters for machines
  • Sports or hobby equipment (tennis racket/balls, bat, etc.)
  • Curtains and drapes, if not provided by the school
  • String, rope, or wire (for packing or hanging pictures), duct tape (no nails in walls)
  • Backpack for books and extra duffle bag for overnight trips
  • Fan, memo board for your room
  • Cleaning products (handheld vacuum, dust cloth, sponge)
  • Umbrella
  • Bicycle, tire pump, helmet, water bottle
  • Board games, deck of cards

P.S. Don’t forget to give your student a lesson or two about how to separate clothing when doing laundry. This way the white garments will not be mixed with red or dark colored tee shirts or jeans.

Good luck and best wishes for your student’s first year away at school!







August 15, 2018 |

Brighten and Awaken Summer Flavors


In Good Taste









(Family Features) Summer provides an abundance of delicious, fresh-picked flavors, giving home chefs plenty of opportunities to use them in both classic recipes and newfound favorites. From sides to salads to smoothies and everything in between, summer is all about creating dishes that taste tempting, bright and balanced.

Using seasonal ingredients, like peaches and other sun-ripened fruits, can help play up the bounty of summer for all types of eating occasions. However, with a wide variety of available choices, it can be a dizzying task to select recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

This summer, Nature’s Intent Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and celebrity chef Candice Kumai – also known as the “Golden Girl of Wellness” – recommend these make-at-home recipes to help brighten and awaken the best flavors at your table.

“Apple cider vinegar is my favorite natural way to cook, look and feel my very best for all of summer,” Kumai said. “These recipes feature its powerful benefits and bright taste, which awaken summertime cooking.”

Kumai recommends her Carrot Beauty Noodles as a show-stopping side dish to accompany main courses throughout the summer, while a light and savory Miso Kale Caesar Salad can curb and satisfy appetites before dinner. Meanwhile, the fresh-and-fruity versatility of this Peach Smoothie means you can enjoy it at breakfast, as a nutritious midday snack or even for dessert.

All three recipes feature Nature’s Intent Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which is raw, unfiltered, made with the mother and can be a chef’s secret ingredient to brighten and awaken taste buds to the true flavors of food by enhancing your favorite recipes during the summer or any time of year. Because it’s crafted with care, the clean, crisp flavors provide a difference you can see and taste while helping add a perfect sweet-and-sour balance to traditional meals as well as new favorites.

With so many fresh, delicious choices, summer is the perfect opportunity to make the most of flavors in almost anything you’re making, but selecting the right recipes and ingredients can be the first step toward truly soaking up the brightness of the season.

Find more tips and recipes for enjoying summer flavors at, and find Nature’s Intent on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Carrot Beauty Noodles

Recipe courtesy of Candice Kumai

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2

2          cups cooked brown rice or quinoa

3          tablespoons organic red miso paste

3          tablespoons Nature’s Intent Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4       cup rice vinegar

2          tablespoons roasted sesame oil

2          teaspoons honey

2          teaspoons freshly grated ginger

2          tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce

9          cups spiralized carrots

2          cups shelled organic edamame

1          avocado, cubed

2          tablespoons fresh mint (leaves removed from stems)

2          tablespoons ground sesame seeds


Cook rice or quinoa according to package directions.

In medium mixing bowl, add red miso paste, apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, roasted sesame oil, honey, ginger and tamari or soy sauce. Whisk well to combine. Add spiralized carrots, edamame and cooked rice or quinoa. Toss well to coat.

Garnish with avocado cubes, fresh mint leaves and ground sesame seeds.

Peach Smoothie

Recipe courtesy of Candice Kumai

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2

2 1/2    cups unsweetened almond milk

1/2       frozen banana

3/4       cup sweet-potato puree

3          cups frozen organic peaches

1/4       teaspoon freshly ground ginger

1/4       teaspoon cinnamon

1          scoop collagen powder

1-2       tablespoons Nature’s Intent Organic Apple Cider Vinegar


In blender, combine almond milk, banana, sweet-potato puree, peaches, ginger, cinnamon, collagen powder and apple cider vinegar; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Miso Kale Caesar Salad

Recipe courtesy of Candice Kumai

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2


1/4       cup tahini paste (ground sesame seed paste)

1/4       cup organic red or white miso paste

1/4       cup rice vinegar

1          teaspoon honey or maple syrup

3          tablespoons Nature’s Intent Organic Apple Cider Vinegar


1          large bunch finely chopped curly kale, destemmed

1/2       cup (about 1 ear) raw white corn, shaved off cob

2          cups daikon radish (about 1/2 radish), peeled, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons

2          ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

2          tablespoons baked hemp seeds

Optional toppings:

8          ounces wild salmon, grilled

8          ounces organic tofu, grilled and cubed

To make dressing: In medium mixing bowl, whisk tahini paste, organic miso paste, rice vinegar, honey and apple cider vinegar.

Add kale, corn and daikon radish. Toss well to coat with dressing.

Serve topped with cubed avocado, hemp seeds and salmon or tofu, if desired.



August 15, 2018 |

The Most Powerful Tool


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich




Agreement may be the most powerful device known to mankind. Most everything we know is formed of it—treaties between governments, laws within them and contracts of all kinds, marriages, and the terms of life. Even the oddest of partnerships is formed by agreement, such as a nut and bolt, a bottle and cap, a horse and carriage, etc. We’re getting carried away; you see the point.

The logic in agreement reveals “disagreement” at its root. We come together over differences, or no effort could be measured by the process of agreement, or by agreement itself. Most distinct and disparate positions and things must find agreement to coexist. Metal has no natural affinity for plastic, yet they can be bolted together or fused to form a better result for both—one providing unique strength, and the other light weight and color adaptability. The plastic and metal combinations on an automobile are examples, each contributing uniquely to deliver a better result—lighter, more durable, and fuel efficient.

For the most part, agreement produces a better result. It is the purpose in diplomacy, preventing or stalling a bellicose alternative, at least until livable terms can be worked out. Agreement reveals another important element; that is, the desire for harmony. It is, unfortunately, not always accompanied by the will for it, thus leading to strained relationships. Simply, agreement is the forming of relationships… between people and things. It is not only necessary to a world in constant change, but also vital to it.

A more useful way to see agreement is as: 1) establishing joint vision, 2) the end product of an effective conflict-resolution process, or 3) and, as the foundation for success of any new team, partnership or relationship.  This is true whether it is with your business partner, colleagues, work teams, joint ventures, or your company and its employees or customers.

Collaboration, the coordinated activities of people working together, is the foundation of any accomplishment.  Successful collaboration is like dancing; often we have different ideas about the steps in the dance. These differences can lead to greater synergy or to breakdown.  Because agreements define how we coordinate, excellent results depend on clear agreements. The art of crafting effective agreements is the lever that increases the potential for desired outcomes.

There’s an important distinction between agreements for “results” and the familiar “agreements for protection,” which are negotiated from an adversarial perspective. The latter shifts the focus from what you want to create to what can go wrong.  They foster an adversarial climate in new relationships, when you desire collaboration and joint vision.  Protective agreements have diminishing value in our complex transactional milieu. When agreements focus on results our attitude turns decidedly positive. We are no longer looking at what can go wrong, instead, focusing on what are the right results.

The effort at forming agreement is toward building a partnership for performance. This is simply the outcome we hope for, plan for, and the mechanism by which we achieve a win-win-win for employee, employer, and customer. Agreements are necessary to any accountability system—we cannot reasonably expect of another what we have not agreed to. They are also key foundational elements to the measurement of agreed upon goals against performance. They are the glue to high-functioning organizations. And, they encourage a learning attitude, a trust-based environment, creativity, and a “we culture.”

Learning the Art of Agreement

In forming agreements, we must know where we’re headed; what we hope to accomplish by them. This is the intent in agreement, or why it is formed. The process of agreement might take any number of approaches, but all must include the following, beginning with intent or setting goals.

The next step is to define the area(s) of responsibility and the attendant duties in them—the roles of all stakeholders. This is necessary to forming the vital commitment to results that must be made by both parties.

Measurement metrics are next—the things that make agreement less ambiguous and more real.


  • What areas of responsibility do I want to influence?
  • How will I know the job is being done?
  • What will good performance look like on each goal?

Judge the competence of the stakeholder(s) and their commitment. The first helps match the appropriate leadership style to their needs; the latter is the all-important measure of willingness.

Match the leadership style to the needs of the stakeholders whose performance you wish to partner with. A self-reliant achiever, for instance, requires a different leadership style than the disillusioned learner. Poor matching can risk the loss of commitment in stakeholders.

Be certain to put time stamps on expected outcomes; open-ended commitments have little emotional content, resulting in a casual approach that produces a similar outcome.

Agreement is necessary for those whose performance and alignment is productive and secure, as well as for those tangential to the organization. Encouragement is “condition blind,” but it is important to register both the commitment and willingness to improve performance. Without these, no partnership is formed as the parties are unequally yoked, pulling in diverse paths.

The opportunity in agreement is the “like heartedness” that produces extraordinary results. It’s a multiplication effect, and the thing that empowers teams.

August 10, 2018 |
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