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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.

All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“We are determined to live our life in that special New York way,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims…...

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How to help save horses from slaughter

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Dianne Engleke, a Millerton artist and political cartoonist for The Millerton News, has always loved animals. But she developed a special appreciation for horses — not just for their beauty, but for all they do — when she lived in eastern Arizona’s ranch country during the early 1980s.
“Before that I hadn’t really seen working horses,” Engleke said. “In those three years I realized how complex people’s relationship and attachment with horses is. I saw them as working partners.”

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Restaurant Week is coming up

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Restaurant Week, actually two weeks and two weekends, has returned to the Hudson Valley for the fifth year. From March 14 to March 27, more than 150 restaurants in the counties north of New York, primarily in Westchester, are promoting 14 days of Hudson Valley dining deals.
Four restaurants in northern Dutchess and one in Columbia county are participating in the event this year: Stissing House in Pine Plains, The Red Devon in Bangall, La Puerta Azul in Salt Point, Terrapin in Rhinebeck and Greens at the Copake Country Club in Columbia County.

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Deals in Dutchess County dining, March 14 to 27

christineb@millertonnews.com

Restaurant Week, actually two weeks and two weekends, has returned to the Hudson Valley for the fifth year. From March 14 to 27, more than 150 restaurants in the counties north of New York, primarily in Westchester, are promoting 14 days of Hudson Valley dining deals.
The five participating restaurants in the nearby area this year are Stissing House in Pine Plains, The Red Devon in Bangall, La Puerta Azul in Salt Point, Terrapin in Rhinebeck and Greens at the Copake Country Club.

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Towns show little interest in federal disaster aid

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Federal disaster aid has been offered to Connecticut towns hit hard by a snowstorm on Jan. 11 and 12, but Northwest Corner town officials aren’t sure they want to take it.
The general consensus, according to the director of a consortium of area first selectmen, is that requests from the small rural towns of Litchfield County are likely to be turned down in favor of requests from bigger towns and cities; and that even if money is paid out, it will be in small amounts that won’t be balanced out by the large amounts of paperwork the federal government demands.

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You won’t notice change, Postal Service says of automated sorting

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

The United States Postal Service plans to accelerate its use of automated letter sorting equipment — the type that scans addresses by machine eye. The Postal Service says no one beyond the post office should notice anything different come April. Mail destined for addresses in the Northwest Corner will be sorted at a Springfield, Mass., facility that can process 36,000 letters an hour.

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This is the Year of the (Bog) Turtle for conservationists

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

This may be the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, but for naturalists around the country 2011 is the Year of the Turtle —including, of course, the Tri-state region’s most famous herpetological specimen: the bog turtle.
These miniscule creatures, which are among the smallest turtles in the world, have outsized power despite their size. They’ve helped put the brakes on plans for everything from horse paddocks to houses to the luxury golfing community planned (at one time) for North Canaan and Norfolk.

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How to create an accessory apartment

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

There is a regional push going on at the moment to increase development of accessory units. The Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative and its HousingUs program have made available fact sheets for residents of area towns explaining the zoning regulations that govern the apartments. It takes homeowners through the steps of planning, building and renting out the apartment. Support is also available for first-time landlords, according to the Planning Collaborative’s Jocelyn Ayer.

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Everything you wanted to know about budgets but shouldn’t wait for town meeting to ask

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

A town budget encompasses every aspect of community life, from teaching children to read to getting rid of snow and trash. Most of the people who write the budget are elected volunteers, the friends, family and neighbors of the people who will be taxed under the new budget.
Everyone should get involved with how their tax dollars are spent, and the time to do so is now, as volunteers on town boards and commissions begin planning for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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The Wedding Day, When ‘I do’ becomes ‘We do’

The perfect wedding: Not a bride’s dream but a couple’s shared vision
jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

I was not a little girl who dreamed of her wedding day. I didn’t play bride; I didn’t make a veil out of my mother’s slip; I didn’t force my brother to stand in as groom.
The first time I was exposed to wedding mania I was 15, spending the summer working at camp. My boss, who was 19, brought stacks of wedding magazines with her. She taught me to rip out the pages and save them in a notebook so that when it came time to plan my wedding, I’d be ready.

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How to handle snow-laden roofs, ice-jammed gutters

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

The heavy snow and ice on roofs around the region have already begun to take their toll, especially on older buildings such as barns (see related story, below).
Building Inspector and Fire Marshal Stanley MacMillan of Sharon shared some tips and precautions for caring for homes and structures in this extraordinary winter.

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