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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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Message to D.C.: Invest in our economy!

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HARTFORD — With U.S. financial markets on a roller coaster last week, the irony of positive economic news for Connecticut was not lost on Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who teamed up Aug. 8 to present the results of a manufacturing survey in a televised press conference at the state Capitol.

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Wet spring, hot summer, but we still have corn

When it comes to farming, skill and knowledge and hard work certainly pay off, but it’s the weather that can make or break a crop.
“We live for the forecast,” said Theresa Freund, owner of Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan. “Everything is based on the weather.”
At Freund’s farm, the heavy rains this May washed away much of the herbicides, which led to an abundance of weeds in parts of the cornfields. There were also some particularly wet spots in the fields that yielded corn that was stunted in growth.

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Taking a closer look at Regents results across the Harlem Valley

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HARLEM VALLEY — According to the results of the state Regents exams that were recently released by the Webutuck, Pine Plains and Millbrook central school districts, the area schools are relatively equal in their test performances, with Millbrook edging out front in both the percentage of passing grades and the percentage of mastery level grades.
Webutuck had the lowest percent passing rate, but its percent of mastery level grades matched that of Pine Plains.

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Murphy and Blumenthal: Manufacturing is back

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HARTFORD — With U.S. financial markets hemorrhaging Monday afternoon, the irony of positive economic news for Connecticut was not lost on Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who teamed up to present the results of a manufacturing survey in a televised press conference at the state Capitol.

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Wassaic Project

Transforming the Mills into an artists’ playground

WASSAIC — This year’s Wassaic Project Summer Festival, held Aug. 5 to 7, featured more than 100 artists and 23 bands, as well as poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings and artist talks.
Inside the stately, renovated seven-story Maxon Mills (formerly a grain mill, now the center of the Wassaic Project), art was found in nearly every nook and cranny.
Standing by her installation, “You Are My Anchor,” Sarah Hardesty explained the process of incorporating her work into this unique and intimate space.

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Victories big and small at horse trials

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MILLBROOK — Hundreds of competitors and spectators flocked to Millbrook last weekend, Aug. 4 through 7, for the Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT). The competition, which benefits the Dutchess Land Conservancy, is particularly popular because it offers all six levels of eventing, from beginner novice through advanced.
This year’s trials saw the greatest number of competitiors in its 11-year history, with more than 500 horse-and-rider teams entered and more than 460 going into the competition.

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Libraries focus on summer reading

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HARLEM VALLEY — For many, summer may be a break from academics, but local libraries have been working to promote reading outside of the classroom through a series of fun and hands-on programs. Beginning in July, the Amenia Free Library, the NorthEast-Millerton Library, the Pine Plains Free Library and the Millbrook Free Library hold their annual summer reading programs.

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Grant money breathes life into area projects

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HARLEM VALLEY — The Northeast Dutchess Fund, part of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has announced that it has awarded $64,120 in grants to 20 local nonprofit groups.
A release from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation states that “a committee of local residents reviews applications to the fund and awards grants based on excellence of the proposed project or service, its impact on the organizations to carry out the project.”
The following programs were among the recipients:

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Mysteries of the sweet life on Mount Riga, revealed

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SALISBURY — The summer community on Mount Riga settles into a routine as the season progresses.
With no electricity (save the odd generator for pumping water) and spotty cell phone coverage, the mountain provides a respite from the post-modern whirl of life.
Which is why the summer residents can often be tracked down at the Scoville Memorial Library mid-day — using the computers to check emails, certainly, but also stocking up on books.
People read on the mountain.
Fixing houses and swings

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HRR seeks support for three-town rail line upgrades

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Millions of dollars in transportation grant funds could be coming into the area early next year. They would be used to upgrade the rail line and crossings in North Canaan, Cornwall and Kent.
Colin Pease, vice president of special projects for the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad Company (HRR), said there will be a lot of competition for the funding, with about 200 applicants expected. His company plans to apply for $10-12 million, based on average awards in an initial grant round.

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