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AMENIA — Virginia Lee (Tatsapaugh) Meili, 59, passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends on June 2, 2018, at Sharon Hospital.

Virginia was born on March 19, 1959, in Great Barrington, the daughter of Marion L. Tatsapaugh and the late William R. Tatsapaugh Sr.

Growing up in a closely knit and loving family, Virginia quickly exhibited a natural creativity at a young age, which she continued throughout her life. She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1977, and later from Western Connecticut State College in 1981, where she received a...

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Schools honor student achievements

Region One schools this week announced the names of students who have earned the annual Superintendent Award.
Region One and other districts in the state recognize one student at each elementary school and the high school honor them with a certificate of excellence and celebrate their achievement at a dinner (held this year on Nov. 18 at the Cornucopia in Torrington). The awards are based on community service and service to others; academic excellence (relative to the student’s ability); and leadership service to the school community.

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Rail Trail receives grant

HILLSDALE — The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation as part of the $40,655 matching funds required for a $121,965 planning and design grant that was awarded by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The grant will fund preliminary designs and final construction plans for the new stretch of trail from Copake Falls through the hamlet of Hillsdale.

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FEMA compensates for storm losses

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — On Aug. 26, the Department of Homeland Security issued a major disaster declaration for New York state as a way to deal with the devastation left behind Hurricane Irene. Counties across the state were declared a major disaster by President Obama, including Dutchess County.

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Angel Food closes

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Angel Food Ministries — an organization that provides low-cost food to people in need — has folded, due to its own economic woes.
The Georgia-based cooperative had, in 16 years, spread rapidly across 43 states. Churches rallied teams of volunteers to coordinate monthly distribution of fresh produce, frozen meat and nonperishable foods. Food purchased by the truckload ensured bargain prices. Customers pre-ordered from a choice of boxes with several combinations of food choices.
The August delivery was the last.

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Rising costs, waning interest bring down Angel Food effort

Angel Food Ministries — an organization that provides low-cost food to people in need — has folded, due to its own economic woes.
The Georgia-based cooperative had, in 16 years, spread rapidly across 43 states. Churches rallied teams of volunteers to coordinate monthly distribution of fresh produce, frozen meat and nonperishable foods. Food purchased by the truckload ensured bargain prices. Customers pre-ordered from a choice of boxes with several combinations of food choices.
The August delivery was the last.

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Fair celebrates time-honored traditions

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RIVERTON — Spectacular fall weather coaxed residents to the Riverton Fair Friday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 9.
The fair included lumberjack contests, fair rides and traditional agricultural showings.
Fair President Al Jones said that attendance was up this year with approximately 15,000 people attending during the three-day event.

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Auditions announced for ‘A Christmas Carol’

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RIVERTON — A Christmas tradition in Barkhamsted’s village community of Riverton returns this December with the Riverton Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at Riverton Congregational Church. Auditions for the production are under way for all roles, along with crew members and stage management positions.
Producer John Morici said this week that rehearsals for the production will begin around Oct. 21 and that roles are immediately available for this musical production, which has been running for more than two decades in Riverton.

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Making green energy affordable

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There are only a couple of weeks left for residents to apply for solar-electric installations through DCS Energy. This is the same program through which many area towns and nonprofits are getting free installations.
Schools, libraries, churches, transfer stations and the like will be able to produce some or all of their electrical needs for free, thanks to one portion of the program that is, however, no longer being offered. It was underwritten in part by federal stimulus funds, which are gone, explained DCS’s Bob Oberle.

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Riverton Fair back for 102nd year

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RIVERTON — The 102nd annual Riverton Fair will be held this weekend — on Friday, Oct. 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fair will include a large variety of rides, agricultural exhibits, band performances, contests, livestock contests and plenty of amusements and family fun for everyone.
Contests include wood chopping, sawing, ax throwing, oxen pulling, baking and pie eating.
Al Jones is a fair organizer and said he has attended it since he was a baby.

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Cold weather season is here and so is potential for a chimney fire

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With temperatures dropping and autumn officially here, many area residents are using their fireplaces and wood stoves to add some heat to their homes.
As a result, local fire companies have had to put out several chimney fires in the past few days.
Most if not all chimney fires are caused by a buildup of creosote on the chimney lining, according to local fire officials —who note that often it falls to the volunteer firefighters to scrape off the sticky substance, a job that is better performed by a professional chimney cleaner.

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