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COPAKE — As part of their ongoing opposition to GRJH, Inc.’s proposal for a gas station in the hamlet of Craryville, members of the Save Craryville coalition have voiced concerns about the project over the last few months, from storm-water management and on-site wastewater disposal in February to local water contamination in April. At the recent Copake Planning Board meeting on Thursday, May 2, David Gordon, an environmental and land use attorney, represented Save Craryville and its request to reduce the number of fueling positions from 12 to six.

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Additional findings, a breach of trust

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Harsh reaction to proposed school consolidation plan

GOSHEN —  Town leaders who were at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, expressed their concerns about three bills currently being deliberated in the state Legislature.
The first proposed bill SB-454 was introduced in January by Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-11) and, if passed, would create a commission to implement the regional consolidation of school districts.

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This vet makes house calls

SHEFFIELD, Mass. ---— Veterinarian Tracey Fahey goes the extra mile for her patients. Literally. 
Since opening her private practice, Berkshire Barks and Purrs Advanced Mobile VetCare last fall, the Sheffield resident has become a familiar sight navigating her sprawling, 26-foot, customized Ford E450 van around portions of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York while making house calls.

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Mountain Lions in New England? An Acclaimed Naturalist Discusses their Return

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Starting the year as a volunteer

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American Girl doll shines a light on the Hudson Valley

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HUDSON VALLEY — From young readers looking for a new adventure to local officials searching for ways to promote their communities, locals were delighted to learn that the newest Girl of the Year from American Girl, Blaire Wilson, was modeled to reflect the life of a young girl growing up in the Hudson Valley.
Since the company was first founded in 1986, American Girl has focused on building character and instilling confidence in young children.  

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Clinton Church Restoration twice singled out by Massachusetts organization

GREAT BARRINGTON — Last fall, Preservation Massachusetts, a commonwealth-wide  nonprofit organization that promotes the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes as an effective tool for economic development, added the former Clinton AME Zion Church on Elm Street in this town to its Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources list.
Not great news, but the acknowledgment was important.

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Area food pantries hit hard

HARLEM VALLEY — As winter drags on, more families are facing the economic squeeze brought on by everything from heating costs to seasonal job losses. To complicate the situation, pantries in Amenia Union, Millerton and Lakeville, Conn., which rely on community donations for food and supplies are also feeling the pinch. 
The number of patrons and amount of supplies remained steady at pantries in Millbrook and Pine Plains while Amenia’s Immaculate Conception monthly pantry has seen a 50 percent drop in patrons and has a large store of available items.

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Activist actor James Cromwell joins fight against Cricket Valley Energy

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DOVER — Assembling across the street from the construction site of Cricket Valley Energy Center, concerned residents and Stop Cricket Valley Energy protestors joined actor and activist James Cromwell at a demonstration on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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‘Growth’ opportunity for young cannabis employees

GREAT BARRINGTON — At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, there was plenty of room for parking at Theory Wellness, the marijuana dispensary in Great Barrington, but the wait to get inside was an hour long. 
This was obvious to anyone standing outside in the brisk winter weather, but it would have been even more obvious to anyone who bothered to check Theory Wellness’ Twitter account. A tweet had gone up that morning declaring, in fact, that there was plenty of parking and the wait was an hour long.

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