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Excitement Builds in Valley-Wide Art Contest for Kids and Teens

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 -- Jason Taylor

As April 30 cutoff approaches, online gallery showcases 120 artists

(HUDSON VALLEY) - Young artists from Brooklyn to Bangall, a slightly smaller hamlet in Dutchess County, have been sending their inspired creations to Scenic Hudson's "Art in the Park" contest for children and teens throughout the Hudson Valley. With more than 120 drawings, paintings and photos submitted to a special online gallery, Scenic Hudson is still hoping for more entries before the Monday, April 30, deadline for the free contest.

Robert McKeon: Hudson Valley Hero

Sunday, April 1, 2007 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Red Hook's Robert McKeon spearheaded the town's $3.5 million bond act of farmland preservation in 2003. Last year he successfully pushed for state legislation so the town could vote on a Community Preservation Fund. He's now helping voters understand the huge, community-wide benefits of the CPF and advising communities statewide on safeguarding open space.

Linda Houlihan: Hudson Valley Hero

Sunday, April 1, 2007 -- Anonymous (not verified)

In Beacon, South Avenue Elementary School’s Linda Houlihan worked with Scenic Hudson experts to develop a hands-on environmental education curriculum centered upon visits to our nearby parks. These “natural learning laboratories” pique youngsters’ curiosity about plants, animals and ecology. When started in 2005, only two classes were involved. This year, all second-fourth- and fifth-graders are taking part. A media arts teacher, Ms. Houlihan incorporates the outdoors in her own classes.