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HARLEM VALLEY — Unvaccinated students in New York who have been able to attend school or day care under a waiver granted for religious beliefs will no longer be able to do so as of June 28 as a result of a law passed last week by the State Legislature. The law is designed primarily to help control the current outbreak of the highly contagious and potentially dangerous measles virus.

Although there was intense opposition to the bill from impacted individuals and those concerned with individual rights, Anil K. Vaidian, commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of...

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This rain and what it does

The sun came out for a few hours this morning. There was so much mist in the air that the sky was a shimmering gold, and silver wisps of steam rose from the east-facing rooftops. 
The clouds are back again and there is more rain in the forecast, but for a little while I felt the promise of warm days to come and I drove to work singing “Here Comes the Sun.”

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Working together at Rock Steady for a healthy, well-fed world

This is part three in a series of articles on Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in the Tri-state region. 
 
Rock Steady Farm and Flowers in North East is designed with equity in mind for everyone: the community, the farm owners, the farm workers, customers regardless of financial means and the ecosystem of the land itself. 

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Congressman Hayes listens and promises to help

GOSHEN — U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-5) told the members of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) that she sees opportunities to help the 5th District through her membership in the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee. 
Hayes met with the NHCOG (an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns) on Tuesday, April 23.
One topic of discussion was food hubs that could bring farmers together with school districts. 

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Food profiteering

Walk through a large Stop & Shop or Hannaford’s and you’ll wonder at the unending array of food available. Lots of choices.
It was well before my time, but things weren’t so comfortable in the aftermath of World War I, when food supplies were slim and profiteering was a major concern.

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The bells toll

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Local recycling programs in jeopardy

HUDSON VALLEY — Dutchess County residents have grown used to the convenience of “single stream” recycling programs where all recyclables can be placed into a single container for collection. What happens to that material after it leaves the curb wasn’t something most people worried about, until now.

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CSA farmer hat one of many worn by the Ridgways

This is part two in a series of articles on Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in the Tri-state region. 
 

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Farmers work to pry open the doors of opportunity

Fewer farmers. Farms that skew larger. Less agriculture overall. 
Those are the trends reported in the just released 2017 Census of Agriculture, a large body of data put together by the U.S. Department of Agriculture every five years. Fourteen million acres of U.S. farmland ceased to be used for agriculture, marking the loss of 70,000 farms. 
A group of Connecticut farmers who envision an alternate trajectory met this month at Gifts of Love Farm in Simsbury for the New CT Farmer Alliance (NCTFA) spring shindig and policy listening session. 

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Watching beloved trees wither and die

My grandfather’s generation lost the American chestnut to an exotic fungus that reduced this once mighty forest giant to old roots and hopeful shoots. 
My parents saw the American elms that used to shade our streets in broad allées felled by the one-two punch of Dutch elm disease and the elm bark beetles that helped to spread it. I am watching the next great killer of trees advancing through the woodlands today, and now that I know what I am seeing, I find it everywhere I go.

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Gray skies, bright bounty at Easter egg hunts

The weather was gray and gloomy on Saturday, April 13, when several towns hosted their annual Easter egg hunts. None of the children seemed to care. They weren’t looking up at the sky, their eyes were locked on the ground and the colorful plastic eggs scattered across the lawns of the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, Lawrence Field in North Canaan and the lawns in front of and behind Town Hall in Kent (children under 5 were in front of the municipal building, children 6 and older were in back).

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