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John Vargo

John Vargo

Boating on the Hudson editor

Sunday, 28 August 2016 14:02

Rowing On The River

by Allynne Lange, Curator, Hudson River Maritime Museum

Before boats had engines, rowing was often the way people travelled for short distances over water. In New York Harbor fast rowing boats called Whitehalls were developed to speed people, messages, and small amounts of freight around the harbor.

Friday, 26 August 2016 13:39

Annsville Creek to Popolopen Creek

This Spring/early Summer has been one of the best starts to our canoeing season in a long time. We’ve visited a lot of creeks that dump into the Hudson: the Rondout, Wappingers, Fishkill, and, Stony Creek that dumps into Tivoli Bays. Most have been featured, or mentioned, in this magazine.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:30

Talk About a Wonderful Fun Filled Afternoon


The Shattemuc Yacht Club in Ossining, NY was something to behold on Saturday August 6, 2016! At the 2016 Shattemuc Yacht Club Plein Air Paint Out, 35 amateur and professional artists painted, sculpted and photographed Hudson River scenes from the beautiful wraparound porch of the clubhouse, the docks of the marina, the deck of the pool and the Shattemuc beach. By 3:00, 35 works of art were displayed for all to see in anticipation of the 5 PM auction.



The Hudson River Pilots’ Association is the group of state and federally licensed mariners responsible for serving the pilotage needs of vessels on the Hudson River. The recent issue of the proposed Hudson River anchorages has become quite controversial.

In reading through the comments regarding the proposed Hudson River anchorage areas, it is clear that there is a public misconception about the purpose, importance and history of these anchorage areas.


Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:00


It is hard to believe that the cleanest lake in New York state could be less than a hour from New York City. But that is exactly how close Indian Lake in Putnam Valley, NY is to the metropolis.

An extremely deep, spring-fed lake, it sits near a mountain top surrounded by forests and just a handful of homes. Brown trout, large-mouth Bass and other species of sport fish abound in its cool, clear waters.



Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:30

Historic Hudson Valley Recipes

Vicky and I have dedicated this holiday issue to HAMILTON, now playing on Broadway. It took my breath away. Never before has a musical grabbed me by the throat and carried me, on the edge of my seat, to the very end. It’s brilliance in storytelling and it’s beauty of expression are only part of the musical’s genius in sharing with the world the story of an incredible man who effected change in our country. His ideas and ideals not only hold up today but can speak to and are relatable, on some level, to everybody.....READ FULL ARTICLE

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:58

Your Insurance with Cathy Karas - August 2016


You may be familiar with seeing the words “bodily injury/property damage liability” as part of the coverage provided on your boat, home, auto or other type policy. What exactly is this? There are many types of policies that liability insurance is a part of, which include your personal policies and also many types commercial insurance for contractors, restaurants, bars, retail businesses, municipalities, landlords, etc.. This part of the policy pays up to the limit you have selected for bodily injury and property damage you may cause to someone else........READ FULL ARTICLE

Cathy J. Karas, President, Certified Insurance Counselor, KARAS INSURANCE AGENCIES INC, 321 SO. RIVERSIDE AVE, CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY 10520.

You can contact me for quotes or questions at 914-271-5188 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are a 3rd generation family owned agency, with only licensed brokers to help you.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:36

Your Finances - August 2016

Article provided by Art Stahl

Own a Retirement Account? Keep Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date

When we complete an application to establish a retirement account for ourselves, we specify one or more individuals or charitable organizations to inherit our account when we’re gone, and typically don’t think about it again. As life circumstances change for ourselves or our loved ones, we might want to review our beneficiary designations; this article may help with this process. AFS.......READ FULL ARTICLE

Art can be reached by phone at 201-836-2460 or 845-729-7638, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by John H. Vargo, Publisher

(This concept is increasing the value of local farms)

When I was five or six years old, during World War Two, there was a junk man with a horse and wagon as well as vegetable wagon also pulled by a horse that visited our street once a week. Each had a regular route they made and they always stopped at my grandmother’s house. I never realized until much later that it was grandfather’s homemade wine that was the main attraction for stopping at my grandparent’s popular home. Today the modern version of the junk man is everywhere. However most interesting is how the vegetable wagon has changed into a company call FieldGoods


Tuesday, 09 August 2016 20:00

A Turning Point!

by John H. Vargo, Publisher

The Hudson River Valley has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years. Many of us older folks have seen areas go from farms to suburbs in a few years! The area described below is one area that has not changed and is exceptional! To me it spells opportunity for the right individuals. The location is Flats Road, Coxsackie, NY. It is timeless and beautiful in the multitude of farms that front on this road. With its 10 or more farms, most of them for sale, this is an area that is dramatically going to change or could stay as farmland. The farms are of varying sizes, and can fit, into different economic buyers.



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