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Spencer Daniels Agency changes name

WOODSTOCK (April 21) - Spencer Daniels Agency Inc. is in the process of re-branding.  The new name is "SDA Events". 

SDA Events is a full-service Entertainment, Production & Rental Company serving the Hudson Valley / Tri State Area & National Events. 

With Re-Branding comes a new Managing Director from Proctor & Gamble, Spencer Siegel.  There is also a new Director of Entertainment & DJ's / MC's, Danny Mitro. 

The differentiator is that SDA Events gives the WOW Factor to its clients with the latest technology and owning all of the services it offers.  This ensures the level of quality and service for all SDA Events clients.


Local business owner nominated for two NY Emmy Awards

STORMVILLE (April 9) - Tom Langan, owner of Talex Media, received two nominations in the 62nd Annual New York Emmy Awards. 

Langan is nominated for his camera work as part of the team that produced the program “Her Big Idea” for the NYC Life Channel, a division of NYC Media. The nominations are in the Human Interest: Program/Special and in the Technology categories.  The Emmy® Awards, a coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction in television, are awarded by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to recognize artistic and technical excellence in the television art form. 

“Although I’ve worked with multiple Emmy® Award winning productions in the past – these are my first nominations,” said Langan.  “I am honored and proud to be nominated as part of the outstanding team that produced ‘Her Big Idea’ – a truly inspirational program.”

The 62nd Annual New York Emmy® Awards will be presented on Saturday, May 4, at The Marriott® Marquis ~ Times Square.

Langan has over 17 years of professional experience spanning all aspects of production.



L-R: Scott Meyers (SunCommon), Maxine Leu (holding the model),
Michael Asbill and Dan Mack (Orange County Citizens Foundation)

Art grant for community solar array project.

SUGAR LOAF (March 26) - SunCommon, in partnership with Orange County Citizens Foundation, announces the winner of its $3000 art grant award. Michael Asbill and Maxine Leu have been awarded the grant to install a new sculpture titled “Kurt and Arlette (Sky and Ground)” at the SunCommon community solar array on the Citizens Foundation’s Seligmann Homestead in Sugar Loaf.

The sculpture, consisting of two elements to represent Kurt and Arlette Seligmann, will encourage interacting with wildlife at the community solar array.

“Providing food and shelter for pollinators is an important issue for our area and why we decided to plant wildflowers in and around all of our community solar arrays," said General Manager of SunCommon, Jeff Irish. "We’re delighted to be giving this art grant for a sculpture that can continue to support that conversation.”

“The Citizens Foundation is very pleased that this project links the 19th and 20th century history of the property with the emerging future of sustainability in Orange County,” said Nancy Proyect of the Citizens Foundation, who is enthusiastic about the new sculpture at the property.

Michael Asbill and Maxine Leu noted their excitement at being chosen. Michael says, “What could be more inspiring than a neighborhood collective pooling resources to generate their own clean energy. We feel honored to contribute a public artwork that memorializes the remarkable couple for whom the property is named and to celebrate the truly unique ways that Kurt and Arlette Seligmann were connected to the land.”

SunCommon is a market-solution to climate change with a purpose beyond profit. As Vermont’s largest solar provider and a NYSERDA quality leader in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region of New York, we believe that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts.


The local E-Week program was presented by Mid-Hudson Technical Societies,
in New Windsor on February 26

Central Hudson recognizes engineers during National Engineers Week

POUGHKEEPSIE (February 27) - Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation celebrates engineers and recognizes their many contributions during national Engineers Week, held each February. The National Society of Professional Engineers first launched Engineering Week in 1951 to show how engineers make a difference in the world, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers and bring engineering to life for students, educators, and parents.

Central Hudson supported Engineers Week by sponsoring and attending the local E-Week program presented by Mid-Hudson Technical Societies, this year held in New Windsor on February 26. More than 20 Central Hudson employees attended to learn about accomplishments in engineering, network with fellow engineers and provide encouragement to students and future engineers.

“The devices, systems and infrastructure we rely upon every day are developed and designed by engineers,” said Paul Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. “As the engineering profession has evolved, their contributions have grown and opportunities for careers in engineering have increased, as well.”

Central Hudson’s engineers are leading the transition in the energy delivery systems of tomorrow. "Our engineers design the electric and gas delivery systems that serve our region, and work with our field crews and other employees to construct and implement critical infrastructure projects on behalf of our customers," said Haering. “Today, our engineers are working to modernize the local energy grid by improving efficiency and resilience of the energy delivery systems, integrating new technologies and enabling greater adoption of solar and other distribute renewable resources of energy. They are a part of a larger team of Central Hudson employees, implementing improvements to the way we serve our customers."  

Central Hudson also offers an internship program for college students, with opportunities in engineering as well as other fields. "Our program offers interns real-world assignments with the opportunity to make meaningful contributions, and many find careers with Central Hudson," said Haering.

For more on engineering for students, visit; and for more on Central Hudson's internship program, visit



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