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Shutdown forces shift of Roosevelt medal ceremony

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HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The federal government shutdown is bouncing an annual award ceremony out of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt's Hudson Valley home.

Organizers of Sunday's Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal ceremony say it's being moved from its traditional home at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park to the Astor Courts estate in neighboring Rhinebeck.

The head of the organization that hosts the event tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that the group "can't wait for these few people to get off their duff" and resolve ongoing the budget battle in Washington.

The medal ceremony has been held every year at Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's retreat and home, since 1994. But the federally owned site is closed because of the government shutdown.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and his wife are among this year's medal recipients.

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