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Happy Labor Day

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Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

An alternative thesis is maintained that the idea of Labor Day was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a vice president of the American Federation of Labor, who put forward the initial proposal in the spring of 1882. According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day be set aside for a “general holiday for the laboring classes”. According to McGuire he further recommended that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date’s place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays

 

 

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Olana Midsummer Pollinator Walk, Aug 21

Explore Olana’s artist-designed landscape through the perspective of pollinators. Join beekeeper Chris Layman in an hour-long guided outdoor walk and learn more about the importance of honeybees during Frederic Church’s lifetime and our own.

Chris Layman and his wife Lisa run Fox Farm Apiary, a honeybee rescue and sanctuary in the Hudson Valley. In partnership with Olana, Fox Farm maintains an apiary onsite at Olana’s farm complex. This program covers approximately 1/4 mile. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 21, 2020 / 4pm

ADMISSION: $15 person, $10 members / Registration Required
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LOCATION: Olana
5720 New York 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

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2020 Census – Columbia County Has Less Than 50% Response Rate

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Each home was sent an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire, which can be completed online, by phone, or by mail. On the site, my2020census.gov, you can view the latest response rates by County. Columbia County’s current rate is just 49.7%, which means roughly half of all homes have filled out the census.

If you live in a home that has not filled out the census yet, please visit my2020census.gov to begin.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

 

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New Lebanon Library Fall Program Survey

The New Lebanon Library is planning their Fall programs, and would like to know what you want. Here’s the request from the library:

“With all of the changes brought on by COVID-19, Fall programming is going to look a lot different. Much of it will likely still be online. We also know that after several months of being online, it gets really old; however, virtual programming might be one of our only options for a while. So, what kind of offerings can we bring you? Let us know by taking the brief survey below.”

 

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Phone: 518-794-8844
Email: leb@taconic.net

 

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New Olana Outdoor Tours

Olana’s landscape and carriage roads have been open to the public and are always free to visit from 8AM to sunset. Recently Olana added new Guided Tours to their outdoor offerings.

Guided tours (walking and driving) of the historic landscape will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Tours are limited to 14 guests.

There are four different tours including the Family Explorer Tour (a 1/4 mile-long walk with family-friendly discussion and activities), the Landscape and Architecture Tour (a 1/4 mile-long tour focusing on the integration of landscape and architecture), the Art and Environment Tour (a mile-long tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to Frederic Church’s work as an artist and landscape designer), and the Electric Carriage Tour (a five mile-long driving tour providing the most comprehensive exploration of Olana’s landscape).

Screen Shot 2020-07-30 at 7.26.08 PMAll tour participants are required to:

  • Wear a mask covering the mouth and nose during the tour.
  • Maintain social distance (six feet) at all times.

 

ADMISSION: Prices range from $15 to $50 / Registration Required.
For pricing & registration, visit olana.org/tour-category/individual

LOCATION: Olana
5720 New York 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

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