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Profile of Stacey Adams

Introduction

Where is my parking hangtag? Hey, our classroom is locked. I got a parking ticket — what for? Who you gonna call? Try Stacey Adams. She is the Office Resource Coordinator for Bard College’s Security team. She works with LLI’s Member Services team volunteers to register LLI members’ cars,

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Spring Has Sprung at Bard (Well, Mostly)

By Gary Miller

The Bard gardens, normally filled with Bard LLI members this time of year, are afflicted with two major challenges. One is COVID-19. The other is restoration. Both affect us in unique and important ways. 

The pandemic’s most dramatic effect on our relationship with the gardens is that there is none.

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What We Are Thinking

As in past years, the annual survey evoked a number of interesting, helpful comments about LLI, both in terms of what members liked and what they wanted to be changed. In fact, the 148 respondents had so many ideas that we will publish the results in two separate articles. For this month,

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LLI Grows Up

Introduction

Tom Esposito, who was LLI President from July 2016 to July 2020, also served as First Vice President the prior year and as Treasurer for the four years before that. In all, his nine-year tenure on Council stretched from mid-year 2011 until mid-year 2020 — almost half of LLI’s lifetime as an organization.

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The Uncommon Joan Tower

Introduction

I had the opportunity to speak at length with Joan Tower only once before interviewing her on the phone for this article. Several years ago, we were both at the Toyota Dealership having our cars serviced. At the time, I knew just a little about Joan’s history at Bard College,

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The Right Man: Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine

In the Beginning . . .

Twenty-one years ago, Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine, sitting in his office in Ludlow, had been at Bard for 36 years and had been the dean of the college since 1980. He was having the usual busy day with a steady stream of visitors lined up outside his office door.

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A Lifetime of Learning: Giving Back to Bard

Bard High School Early College (BHSEC Manhattan): ongoing funding of four $500 scholarships for student summer internships in 2021. $2000

Bard’s Nursery School and Children’s Center: to help fund the new Open Air Adventure Club at Montgomery Place for grades K-5 to help young people play safely outdoors and learn hands-on about the local environment.

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Montgomery Place Orchards Wayside Stand

Montomery Place Orchards Wayside Stand

This family-operated treasured farm stand, located just north of Rt 199 on 9G in Red Hook, is celebrating its 34th year of providing high quality produce to local folks and area visitors. Talea and Doug Taylor and their daughter, Caroline Fincke, comprise the family, while a small group of Jamaican seasonal workers and younger employees who attend the stand are considered part of the family team.

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More Member Opinions

Introduction

The 2020 Member Survey gave members a chance to express their opinion about several issues that affect our experience with LLI. Last month, we covered members’ responses to questions about online learning, obviously a subject of immediate importance given the need to stay at home. These responses were instrumental in the decision to try online learning for SummerFest.

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Honoring Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine

“It’s better to know how to learn than to know.”

Theodore Seuss Geisel

Quoting a cherished line from one of his favorite poets, today we pause to remember one of our founders, Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine, who died on Friday night, May 1 at the age of 87.

Without Dean Levine,

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