Beacon Sloop Club Broadside
Volume 35, Issue 3
March  2005
Serving The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater With Pride for 33 years

        If you were wondering what sloopers might be up to as the bitter winds blow, here's a few little hints. The boat is getting worked on every Sunday morning at White's Marina in New Hamburg.  Skills are practiced and learned, lunch and a good time are had by all.  The boat will be ready to sail by spring.
        Plans are underway for the Strawberry Festival on June 12.  Permits are filed, musicians are booked, vendor letters will be going out and volunteers are to be recruited.  Tom LaBarr has been appointed once again to be the chief  Strawberry Wrangler.  We need some folks to help coordinate the strawberry tent, a resurrection of what was once called the Food Committee.  It's job is to round up all the bowls, spatulas, knives, spoons, colanders and whatever before the festival, and to coordinate the strawberry volunteers.  (Whoops, slow up on the hulling for a bit-wait for the biscuits! More whipped cream please!)  It takes more than one person, so consider being a co-coordinator with an as yet unnamed exec board member.  Call 845-831-6962 if you're willing to help out...
        BSC members will be selling chili at Riverlovers Shad Festival in Croton Point Park on May 15.  We'll be having a chili making event at the University Settlement Camp on Saturday morning May 14.
        Show up for either or both.
          Next exec comm mtg is Tues March 22 7:30 pm at the clubhouse.

        Our guests for the April 1st general meeting will be the New York Divers and Estuary Conservancy.  They will bring a visual presentation of underwater diving in New York Harbor.

                                                     See you in April,
Weather Delays Maintenance Project
by Patrick Gallagher

The unseasonably cold temperatures that we have experienced over the past two weeks are slowing the progress of the cockpit sole replacement, putting the projected launch date of April 1st in question. "I had anticipated that the deck beams would be in place by now" says Winter Maintenance Coordinator Patrick Gallagher, "but we need to work on the frames first. And for that I need warmer weather."

The work to which he alluded is repairing the damage to the boat's structural members caused by the corrosion of the original steel fasteners. This is to be done by removing the screw or bolt, drilling out the surrounding deteriorated wood, and epoxying a dowel in place. It is then that the new beams can be attached. The curing process for epoxy is sensitive and requires-according to the Gougeon Brothers, makers of West System Epoxy-temperatures upwards of 60ºF.  Many agree, however, that in moderately cold weather the curing can be helped along with a heat source such as a light bulb left burning overnight. Unfortunately, the National Weather Service has forecast the temperatures to be as low as 7ºF over the next few nights, far too cold for that process. This means that these repairs will have to be put off yet another week, possibly piling up many warmer weather activities at the end of the month.

"It certainly would be a challenge to finish the decks, prepare the hull, and tackle the mast simultaneously. If more volunteers show up with the coming of spring and we are able to make efficient use of their time, it might still be possible to preserve our launch date," said Mr. Gallagher, adding "That is if all this ice ever melts off the river".


IMAGINE for just minute that all the progress made by the environmental movement in general, and us down here at the Beacon waterfront in particular, could be erased as if it never happened.  Imagine that generations of hard-won human rights could be eroded, chipped away, until there was nothing left. Imagine our precious democracy replaced with-what?  Not here, you say. Not in our America. Canít happen. Yet across the nation lawsuits abound over an issue we thought we were immune from here in New York State.  We were wrong.
        Even as you read this newsletter, our state legislators are deliberating two bills that both portend to convert New York-all of us-to a system of electronic voting.  Currently in conference committee hearings are bills A5 and S1809.  Neither bill addresses the major flaws in electronic voting.  Voter fraud is easily committed.  In fact, almost inevitable, and these bills propose worthless, expensive and time consuming "security" procedures, but require only 3% of the votes to be counted. Your bank and your credit card company are held to a much higher standard that includes multiple audits. Voting should be at least as secure.
        There are other critical flaws in both bills, which could result in your vote not being counted.  For more information, check out
        The sloop club will be presenting and distributing additional updates and information about this vital issue at upcoming general meetings. Stay tuned.  Better yet, stay involved.
-Phyllis Newham      

A reminder to those who volunteered to cut, haul and stack wood.
Come to the Sloop Club 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 10th.
(In case of rain, call Karl Dushin at 480-1861.)


     A neighbor told me that his 50-year-old trucker father had died suddenly.  "My father was suffering from leg pains for a while,  he said, "but he did not go to the doctor.  He had a blood clot in his leg, which broke free and killed him.  He was between insurance coverage, and had been waiting for his insurance to start again before he went to the doctor."

     An aquaintance whose wealthy 60-year-old brother had his own business for many years has decided to move to his wifeís country.   The reason is that there is nationalized health care there, which will cover the extensive costs of his medications and the procedures needed to care for his multiple, long-term illness.             

     This article will be in two parts.  The first discusses the Single Payer Health Care Bill (HR 676).  Under this bill, all US residents would be covered with the best quality standard of care.  They would receive an insurance card covering primary care and prevention, emergency care, inpatient and outpatient care, dental, vision, prescription drugs, mental health, chiropractic, substance abuse treatment, durable mechanical equipment and long term care.  People would have free choice of participating physicians.
       What is surprising is that our taxes pay for the high costs of our present health care system, which is very expensive to manage.  The US public subsidizes 60% of private health insurance.  The cost to manage Medicare is 2-3%, while for Medicaid it is 5-6%.  One in every three dollars we now spend on health care goes for overhead and bureaucracy, according to Physicians for a National Health Plan.  Streamlining to a Canadian level would save us over $250 billion per year. 
     "Donít you have to wait for some treatments in Canada?  I have heard.  Yes, for non-essential treatments.  How long does an uninsured person in the US wait now for life-threatening care?  Unfortunately, the answer is, sometimes until itís too late.

Why do we need a nationalized health care system?
1. - 44 million Americans have no health insurance.
2. - 75% of uninsured Americans are working, but their jobs provide no health care.
3. - Many businesses will not hire extra help due to the high cost of their portion of health insurance.
       (Congressman Hinchey)
4. - 70% of small businesses have no health care for their employees.
5. - 45% of individual bankruptcies are due to health care bills.
6. - France spends 9.3% of its GNP on health care.
7. - The US is 37th in providing health care, despite being number one in per capita expenditures (WHO).

Next Month:  Part II                                                          Submitted by Nora Gallardo, R.N.

BSC General Membership Meeting Minutes March 4, 2005
The meeting opened with "Draft Dodger Rag  led by Pete Seeger, Michael Scolnick, and Clifford Seth. A variation of "When The Saints Go Marching In  followed.Call to Order: Tom LaBarr opened the meeting at about 7:30, standing in for Phyllis Newham who was under the weather.
1. Welcome: Tom LaBarr welcomed everyone and announced the website is up and running thanks to Jim Birmingham and the Rozinsky clan. He reminded everyone to get any newsletter articles for this month to Eve Hinderer by Monday. He also reminded everyone to renew your memberships if you want to get your April newsletter.
2. Woody Report: Tom Baldino reported that work on the Woody is progressing. Work parties have been well attended. The cockpit sole has been pulled up and rotted beams removed from under the sole. New beams have been fitted but not screwed in. They canít be glued yet because it is too cold. When the weather warms they will be glued.
3. Block Party: The Block Party will be held at Jim Finniganís house/New Hamburg/Sat. Mar. 12/ 10 a. m.
4. Sailing Classes: Tom Baldino announced sailing classes will start Thursday April 7. Classes will run from 7-9 pm. Come a little early on the first night to fill out some paperwork. So far a dozen people have expressed interest or signed up. The class can hold 24 or so.
5. Guest Speaker: Tom Alworth, Executive Director of The Catskill Center For Conservation and Development, in Arkville, gave a slide show and talk about the Center, its history, mission, programs, and some current issues the Center is involved with.
6. Photos: Mark McCarrol presented a series of enlarged, mounted photos he took in areas of the Catskills that have been preserved. The photos were part of a show that had been hanging at the Catskill Center.
7. Building Committee: Sue Altkin, standing chair of the committee, asked volunteers from last monthís meeting (Tammy, Michelle, Lou, Lee, and Lucille) as well as anyone else interested, to meet with her after the general meeting to discuss, for about 15 minutes, planning of the Clubhouse Work Party on Saturday, April 9. She announced the work party will begin at 10 am and be followed by an elegant lunch. Potluck items will be welcome. Bring work gloves, if you have them.
8. Wood Gathering, Cutting & Moving Party: Pete Seeger announced the need for gathering wood, cutting, and hauling it to the clubhouse for the fireplace. A date was set; Sunday April 10 at 10 a.m. Folks with trucks and chainsaws are particularly welcome.
9. Environmental Report:  Beacon Waterfront Development - Tom LaBarr spoke about the two meetings he attended with Scenic Hudson and their developer, the Foss Group. The hotel will have a green (planted) roof. The harbor will be "green  (environmental) as well.  The Woody is invited to stay in harbor. Weíre looking into installing a bubbler or other system to prevent freezing around the hull. The opening of the hotel complex is slated for 2007.
10. Documentary Filming: Tom Baldino pointed out the handful of people filming at the meeting. He explained they are students from Dutchess Community College doing a documentary on the Woody. The documentary is geared toward fundraising. We are trying to raise $11,000 to finish the work on the Woody. The student group is looking for film footage of the Woody sailing as their filming will be finished before the sailing season is underway.
11. Treasurerís Report: Offie Worthham gave the Treasurerís Report and distributed copies. He added that a $90 donation from the AA / NA groups which meet at the clubhouse was not recorded separately on the report.
12. Clearwater Report: Tom LaBarr reported that Andy Mele will be retiring after the festival this summer. Michael Scolnick added that Andy had sent out an email stating that he is leaving on good terms and will remain involved with Clearwater.
13. Shad Fest: Bonnie Rozinsky put out a call for volunteers to help prepare and/or sell chili at the Riverlovers  Shadfest at Croton Point Park on May 15. Contact Bonnie if you are interested.
14. Executive Committee Meeting: Tom LaBarr announced the change in timing of Executive Board meetings. The Board will be meeting the week before the General Meeting. The next Executive Board meeting will be Tuesday March 22nd.
15. Festival Vendors: Jane Shumsky put out a call for vendors for upcoming festivals. Her email address has been listed incorrectly in previous newsletters. It should be corrected in this newsletter.
16. Electronic Voting: Steve Gold announced an upcoming meeting to discuss electronic voting in NY. He spoke about the risks involved with and the strong possibility of electronic voting being implemented in the state. The meeting will be held Sunday, March 6 at the Cthonic Clash in Beacon. It is sponsored by the Mid Hudson Progressive Alliance, which meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at the Cthonic Clash, 420 Main St. Beacon.
17. Announcements followed.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 PMMinutes submitted by Nancy Farren, Secretary

Nautical Word of the Month

Last monthís word challenge: A-lee - the position of the helm when its tiller is borne over to the lee-side of the ship, in order to go about or put her head to the windward.  Hard a-lee! or luf a-lee is said to the steersman to put the helm down. Helmís a-lee! the word of command given on putting the helm down, and causing the head-sail to shake in the wind.

Bonus word challenge: Albany Beef - the Hudson River sturgeon.

Next monthís word challenge: Aluffe or Aloof