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HARLEM VALLEY — Unvaccinated students in New York who have been able to attend school or day care under a waiver granted for religious beliefs will no longer be able to do so as of June 28 as a result of a law passed last week by the State Legislature. The law is designed primarily to help control the current outbreak of the highly contagious and potentially dangerous measles virus.

Although there was intense opposition to the bill from impacted individuals and those concerned with individual rights, Anil K. Vaidian, commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of...

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County fair cut short, but still lots of fun

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

RHINEBECK — Last week, Dutchess County hosted its 166th annual county fair at the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck.
The fair was cut two days short due to Hurricane Irene’s fast approach, but between Tuesday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 26, thousands of people enjoyed milk shakes, cotton candy, carnival rides, fair games, live music performances and shopping.
A county fair would be sorely lacking if it didn’t also include livestock shows, and the Dutchess County Fair didn’t disappoint.

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Virginia earthquake felt in Connecticut, beyond, on Aug. 23

jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

An earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 23, sent shock waves up and down the East Coast that were felt here in the Northwest Corner.
The quake was the strongest to hit the East Coast in 67 years and almost as strong (5.8 on the Richter Scale) as the most powerful quake in Virginia’s recorded history — a 5.9 quake that occurred in May 1897 in Giles County, Va.
At Lakeville Journal Co. headquarters in Lake-
ville, tremors shook the newsroom. Editors reported watching their desks sway.
In Winsted, the quake rattled The Gilbert School.

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Riverton Grange holds its 22nd annual fair

shawi@winstedjournal.com

RIVERTON — The Riverton Grange held its 22nd annual Grange Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20. The fair included entries from local farmers, bakers and craftspeople. On display were a large variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and canned goods.
Grange President Mark Prelli, seen at bottom left, holding an entry in the craft work contest, said the fair is good for the community.
“We have entrants from all over the area,” he said.
Prelli’s aunt, Gladys Anstett, at top right, has been part of the fair for many years.

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Concessions deal seen as victory

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HARTFORD — State union employees and government officials expressed joy and relief last week after the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) announced it had ratified a concessions agreement with Gov. Dannel Malloy. The deal, seen as a victory both for state employees and the governor, will prevent widespread layoffs and save an estimated $1.6 billion to balance the state budget over the next two years.

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State police investigate apparent suicide

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TORRINGTON — State police have identified the woman who died Monday, Aug. 15, in an apparent suicide at the Greenwoods Road overpass over Route 8 in the Burrville section of Torrington, just over the Winsted line.
Numerous witnesses reported seeing a grim sight at the location, where Mary Jane Hannon, 45, of 52 Hayden Hill Road, Torrington, appeared to have hanged herself from the highway overpass.

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School districts meet state standards

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HARLEM VALLEY — The New York State Education Department results of state testing for the 2010-11 school year, released Aug. 11, are used to hold school districts accountable for education achievement.

According to the department’s website, “The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that the states develop and report on measures of student proficiency in 1) English Language Arts [ELA] and 2) mathematics ... schools or districts that meet predefined goals on these measures are making Adequate Yearly Progress [AYP].”

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Concessions deal seen as victory for unions, Gov. Dannel Malloy

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HARTFORD — State union employees and government officials expressed joy and relief last week after the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) announced it had ratified a concessions agreement with Gov. Dannel Malloy. The deal, seen as a victory both for state employees and the governor, will prevent widespread layoffs and save an estimated $1.6 billion to balance the state budget over the next two years.

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Curiosity

QH Serengeti, a 4-month-old colt bred at Quarry Hill Farm in Lakeville, will greet visitors to the Quarry Hill Farm Open House on Saturday, Sept. 10. See story in next week’s Journal and RSVP online at www.quarryhillfarm.com.

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Woman admits to trying to rob murder victim

Case of accused killer discovered in Millerton
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POUGHKEEPSIE — There have been some new developments in the case of the suspected killer who was discovered hiding out in a Millerton residence. A woman has now been charged with robbing the victim the night of his murder.
Ruby Willis, 20, of Poughkeepsie, has pleaded guilty to attempting to rob Marcus Woody the night he was killed.
Woody, a 39-year-old resident of Newburgh, was shot to death in Poughkeepsie on Easter morning while sitting in his car outside of the Congress Tavern Restaurant on Main Street.

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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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