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Classrooms will see 16 new teachers when classes begin Aug. 26 in the Region One School District, which includes the elementary schools in Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon, Salisbury and North Canaan, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Not pictured are Audra Leach, Danielle Melino, Elizabeth Frost and Kiera Bisenius.

 

Maddie Cutler is the new fourth grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary...

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MacGyvering

Things do seem to come in threes. Bad things more often than good. 
This spring, it was nothing really serious. Mechanical failures, mostly.
The spin cycle in the Hotpoint washing machine began picketing then went on strike. No way was I going to dismantle the thing or call a repairman. It was old. It was time for a new machine.

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Three learn newspaper ropes as summer interns

The Lakeville Journal concontinutes its student reporter internship program this summer with two college students and one rising high school senior. Participants in the next three weeks will learn the rudiments of reporting, research, news writing and page layout.

Gabriella Collin

By Shane Stampfle

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Man identified from fatal car fire

COPAKE — Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett disclosed the name of the victim in the fatal car fire in the town of Copake that happened on Friday, June 14. 
“Thirty two year old Rudy Martinez of 543 North Mountain Road in the town of Copake died when the vehicle he was sitting in caught fire. Martinez’s dog also perished in the fire,” stated the Sheriff’s Office press release. 

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Salad season is on the wane

Vegetable gardeners are getting plenty of vitamins, phytochemicals and fiber at this time of year with leafy greens at peak performance. 
The salad bar abundance won’t last long though, with summer’s fast approach. Radishes are starting to elongate at the juncture between root and leaf; many lettuce varieties will soon develop a woody stem in the center and a bitterness to their taste; spinach leaves are beginning to grow the pointy leaves that portend a flower stalk. 

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More thoughts on rhubarb

I just read the article about rhubarb in the June 13 Lakeville Journal and thought I’d tell you about my experiences with it.
First of all, we had a row of rhubarb planted along the fence in the fruit garden on the Iowa farm where I grew up.  There were grapes and currants growing on wooden frames and apple trees in this garden.  Mom sometimes made sauce, but I never really cared for it.  

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Governor signs new bill into law: Religious waivers for measles vaccine no longer allowed

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.

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Fatal car fire claims life in Copake

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COPAKE — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal car fire that claimed the life of one man and that of a dog. 
Emergency personnel responded to a 911 call placed on Friday, June 14, just after midnight. The call came in to the Hillsdale Fire Company and Community Rescue Squad for a reported vehicle fire at 543 North Mountain Road in Copake. Deputies assisted at the scene.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, when units arrived on the scene, “the vehicle was fully involved.”

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School districts respond to former substitute’s rape charge

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HARLEM VALLEY — When last week’s story printed in the New York Post regarding Bronx teacher Jonathan Pol’s arrest for the rape of a 13-year-old female student reached Dutchess County, the school districts where Pol had previously worked as a substitute were quick to contact families to resolve any concerns about past conduct. Area school districts wanted to make sure parents and guardians received the most accurate information possible related to Pol’s work years earlier. 

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Police Blotter: Troop B

The following information was provided by the Connecticut State Police at Troop B. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 
 
Failure to grant right of way

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Report: Cars endanger our air quality

The state’s Council on Environmental Quality released its 2018 report on May 2019, with the relatively good news that things aren’t as bad as they could be.
The council’s appointed members work independently of the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and they report to the governor of the state. 

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