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DOVER PLAINS — Equipped with signs and banners declaring their resistance in brightly colored letters, an estimated 70 area protesters rallied together at 2241 Route 22 across the street from the construction site of the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) to speak out against the power plant’s development last Saturday, July 13. In addition to the familiar faces that have been protesting CVEC since the beginning, were Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir from the New York City based Earth-defending performance community Earthalujah! as well as folksinger Pat LaManna, the...

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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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Horn bill on race track regs

State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) has introduced a bill in the Connecticut General Assembly that would allow local planning and zoning commissions to regulate the hours of auto racing.
The bill, HB 6591, reads: “Be it enacted … that subsection (a) of section 14-164a of the General Statutes be amended to permit local zoning commissions to regulate the time during which motor vehicle racing may take place.”
Reaction on social media was swift and mostly negative.

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More than $1.1 million awarded to local nonprofits

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — Just before 2018 came to an end, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced that the county’s Agency Partner Grant (APG) program awarded more than $1.1 million in renewed funding to 19 nonprofits for 2019. As a result of the funding, the selected nonprofits will now be able to continue 25 key programs targeting a broad range of community needs in Dutchess County, including youth development, workforce development, mental health and wellness and literacy.

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Farmers chain selves to tractor to protest energy plant

WASSAIC -— Four men protesting the gas-powered energy plant being built in Dover, N.Y., chained themselves to a tractor in the middle of a road on Tuesday night, Jan. 15. Their goal was to block delivery of large equipment (turbines, according to some reports) from the Kimberly Clark plant in New Milford to the Cricket Valley Energy Center in Dover.
The four men had heard that roads in New Milford would be closed around midnight to allow the caravan of trucks and Connecticut State Police vehicles to travel from New Milford to Dover. 

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Building on memories of Great Barrington’s Du Bois

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Who makes what, where?

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HARLEM VALLEY — Budget season is over with, and salaries for town leadership have been set. So just how much do some local elected and appointed officials make? The Millerton News compiles a yearly list of who makes what where. It follows below.

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