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NEW YORK STATE — Dutchess County voters cast their ballots in this year’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at polling places throughout the Harlem Valley.

All across the county, voters visited their local polling place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to vote for state and county officials. Some had local elections as well. While they each had different opinions of the candidates running, they shared a similar thoughts about having their voices heard.

Millerton resident Lauren Astor said, “This is the way our voices are heard and it’s an important time...

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Community pulls together after fire rips through Millerhurst Farm

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ANCRAMDALE — As of Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, a GoFundMe page that set out to raise $20,000 had raised $73,307 for the Miller family, which lost 47 of its 48 cows in a fiery blaze that ripped through its dairy farm on Sunday, Oct. 14, at around 7:30 p.m.

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Making it easy for everyone to vote Nov. 6

The Salisbury registrars, Karin Gerstel and Maureen Dell, plus Anna McGuire from North Canaan, took a few minutes during a busy time of year on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to go over the options for registering to vote and for voting in the upcoming election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The first thing to know is that all voting information is available on the Secretary of the State website (www.portal.ct.gov/SOTS).

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Eight fatal crashes since May: Deadly highways

Three more fatal automobile accidents have happened in the Northwest Corner in the past two weeks, bringing the total of fatalities this year to eight. 
German Perez, 60, of Ashley Falls, Mass., died last week when his car slid off Route 7 in North Canaan into the Housatonic River. His family alerted the police that he was missing on Tuesday, Sept. 25; Perez’s Toyota Tacoma truck was found in the river the following day. The State Police reported that his body had been found on Wednesday, Oct. 3 (see story, below).

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Town Board discusses solar prices, reviews Green Briar meeting

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board met on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Town Hall. 
Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri stated that donations had been made to the town from Millbrook Tribute Gardens in the amount of $5,000 each to the town’s senior citizens’ program, a camp scholarship and a camp trip. Also, $15,000 was donated for reservoir filtration.

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Columbia County Habitat for Humanity to build in Ancram

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ANCRAMDALE — With two new houses currently under construction in the Pine Plains school district, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is now keeping watch for first-time homebuyers interested in owning a house with an affordable mortgage in the hamlet of Ancramdale.
Partnering with families, community volunteers and local businesses and organizations, Habitat for Humanity prides itself on transforming lives, since 1993. Already, a total of 19 houses have been built in the county this year.

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Nature walk uncovers mushroom species at Harlem Valley Homestead in Wingdale

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WINGDALE — The Oblong Land Conservancy and Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community hosted a nature walk and talk with farm naturalist and mycologist Alanna Burns on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Beginning at 10 a.m., a crowd of nature enthusiasts and interested community members gathered at the Harlem Valley Homestead, located at 147 Old Forge Road in Wingdale. All attendees were dressed for a morning hike, some carrying knapsacks, baskets, guide books and miniature field notebooks to record their findings.

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The renaissance of the Copake Grange

COPAKE— In a time when too many community organizations are withering on the vine for lack of involvement, new life has been breathed into the Copake Grange 935 in the form of a tripling of membership and regular use of the century old building. 
Until last year, membership had fallen to a low of about 20, but even with that, official meetings couldn’t be held because the Grange could rarely reach the necessary quorum of seven members. Therefore, no business could be conducted. 

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Dover Day honors veterans

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DOVER PLAINS — The town of Dover was in high spirits last Saturday, Sept. 22, as local families gathered for this year’s celebration of Dover Day at Boyce Park, located at 6423 Route 55 in Wingdale, N.Y.
The celebration’s festivities kicked off at 12:30 p.m. with a parade in front of the park, though the excitement started long before noon with cars filling up the parking lot. Traffic was directed to make way for for incoming spectators while families stood along the road in anticipation of the vehicles headed their way.

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BTCF 2018 grant deadlines listed for northwestern Litchfield County

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2018. The application process for all grants is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchGrants.
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Untold tales and images of history

You don’t have to be a teacher or a student to explore the state’s new history website for students in grades three, five and eight and high school. In addition to fairly obscure but fascinating history tidbits, there are also historical photos and documents such as the exquisite maps the Dutch used while exploring the region in the 1600s. The Teach It curriculum-enhancing resource is available online at no cost. 

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