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NEW YORK STATE — Dutchess County voters cast their ballots in this year’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at polling places throughout the Harlem Valley.

All across the county, voters visited their local polling place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to vote for state and county officials. Some had local elections as well. While they each had different opinions of the candidates running, they shared a similar thoughts about having their voices heard.

Millerton resident Lauren Astor said, “This is the way our voices are heard and it’s an important time...

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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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How to avoid same problems next year

The winter of 2011 has provided the Northwest Corner with some truly stunning displays of icicles. Drive (or take a slippery walk) down any local street, and you will be struck by the prevalence of huge icicles and ice dams on the eaves of many homes, both old and new.
Beautiful as they may be, these ice formations are the symptoms of some serious outflows of energy from within the structures they adorn.
The ice buildup, commonly referred to as an “ice dam,” is typically created when heat leaks through a snow-covered roof.

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Barn collapse kills 15 cattle

christineb@millertonnews.com

AMENIA — Fifteen black Angus cattle at Bel Aire Farm on Bangall Amenia Road near Millbrook were killed early Sunday morning, Feb. 6, when the snow-covered roof of the barn they were in collapsed, taking the entire building down with it.
About six of the animals, including two heifers, were saved from the building. The other 15 animals were either crushed or had to be euthanized.

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Press association recognizes Journal

The annual convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association was held from Feb. 11 to 13 in Boston, Mass.
The Lakeville Journal Co. received several awards for stories and special sections published in 2010. This year there were about 3,000 entries from daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications in the six-state region encompassed by the association.

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