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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.

All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“We are determined to live our life in that special New York way,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims…...

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Town Board sets public hearings

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WASHINGTON— Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called the Thursday, Oct. 12, meeting to order at 7 p.m.
Edie Flood from Wings Over Water spoke, proposing a business at the Millbrook Training Center site. Flood has been operating her swimming school since 1993, and it offers lap swimming, swimming lessons and physical therapy sessions.

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North East candidates share aspirations for public office

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NORTH EAST— With Election Day on the horizon, community members were invited to the North East-Millerton Library Annex to familiarize themselves with this year’s local candidates on Friday, Oct. 20.

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Bear Watch

There was more bear activity than usual at the beginning of this summer, but then things quieted down and no one seemed to see any of the furry ursines for months. Suddenly this month, perhaps as the bears are preparing for winter hibernation, there seem to be bear sightings all across the region, almost every day. This particularly fine bear photo comes from Dennis Fallon of Sharon, and was snapped on Friday, Oct. 27.

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New plan highlights areas of regional concern

The issues that worry town leaders in Litchfield County most are addressed in a new regional planning document created by the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (known by its acronym, as COG).
The COG is made up of the first selectmen of 21 area towns, including all six towns in the Region One School District. They meet monthly, in Goshen, to discuss areas of shared concern. These can range from the best companies to hire for trash hauling to the best grants to apply for from the state for sprucing up village centers.

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Washington’s Gary Ciferri seeks supervisor post

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WASHINGTON — The town of Washington supervisor seat is up for election this year. The term is for four years. Incumbent Gary Ciferri, a Republican, is the only candidate running.
Ciferri is currently finishing a six-year stint as supervisor. His first term was for two years, before a board vote lengthened the supervisor’s term and the councilmen’s terms to four years each.
Ciferri is a native of the town, went through Millbrook schools and attended Dutchess Community College. He is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, having served in Vietnam.

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Candidates for Washington Council

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WASHINGTON — There are two seats up for election for the town of Washington, and three candidates in the running. Council members are elected to a four-year term.
Stephen Turletes
Stephen Turletes is a long-time Town Board member, having served for about 20 years. He is a native of the town and has spent most of his adult life in public service, helping to keep this area a quality place to live.
“That’s the way I was raised,” he said. “It’s important to always give back.” 

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Town Justice Casey McCabe runs for third term

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NORTH EAST — With this year’s local elections just around the corner, current Town Justice Casey McCabe (D) has decided to run for her third term in office.
A local resident since 2008, McCabe was first elected into the position in January 2010 and has enjoyed her responsibilities ever since. Seeing how the job allows her to work both at night and as needed, she appreciates the convenient balance the position provides between her legal education and her availability as a mother.

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Four candidates vie for North East Town Board

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NORTH EAST— With local elections just around the corner, registered voters in the town of North East and village of Millerton will have the opportunity to choose two out of four candidates for Town Board on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
All terms are four years as a result of a referendum. In addition to the two available seats on the Town Board, a Town Justice position is up for election.
Rob Cooper

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Journal: chronicler of change

The Lakeville Journal is entering a new era in its 120-year history, with a move to a new office location. 
This special history issue includes photos and pages from the past, a chance for longtime community members to remember the world as it used to be and the people they have known here, and a chance for newer members to get a glimpse at how the Northwest Corner has changed over the decades. Many of these photos and articles were found as we cleaned out our storage spaces in preparation for downsizing and moving to smaller quarters. 

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Pumpkin pride

Hillsdale residents and visitors turned out Saturday, Oct. 7, for the town’s annual Pumpkin Fest. Children painted and carved pumpkins, pet donkeys and tasted treats such as pumpkin ice cream, while adults entered a pumpkin pie-baking contest and savored goods sold at a bake sale sponsored by the Hillsdale Hamlet Committee. 

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