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DUTCHESS COUNTY — Driven by its commitment to mitigate adverse impacts on the environment, Dutchess County was recently certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) with the Bronze Level designation in the New York State Certified Climate Smart Community (CSC) program.

This past November, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-19) initiated the CSC Task Force to review the elements of the state program, which seeks to aid local governments “take action to reduce greenhouse gas...

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Suspect found naked following barn fire

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ANCRAM — Police are still scratching their heads about why an arson, kidnapping and burglary suspect was discovered naked when he was apprehended. 
According to the New York State Police, Livingston barracks, 56-year-old Henry C. Harasymczuk of Ancram was arrested on Tuesday, July 23, and charged with kidnapping in the second degree (a class B felony), burglary in the second degree (a class C felony) and arson in the third degree (a class C felony).

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Lessons learned from the storms of 2018

GOSHEN — Paul Gibb, special projects coordinator for the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Region 5, spoke on lessons learned from the storms of May 15, 2018, at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments meeting in Goshen on Thursday, July 11.
Region 5 includes 43 towns. The southern part of the region includes towns in northern Fairfield and New Haven counties; the northern section of Region 5 is all of Litchfield County.

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Read the can’s label

This week in This Old Window, we replace the brittle screening in a 36-by-48-inch wood-sash window.
Our subject window is in a rear sunporch on a circa 1920s Sears, Roebuck bungalow. Its first owner was a professional carpenter who later built the porch from scratch.

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Plant for fall under the summer sun

It is 90 degrees out and the jewels of summer are starting to ripen in the form of tomatoes, cantaloupe and red peppers. Who has head space for planning out their Thanksgiving menu? 
Full-season gardeners have an almost surreal relationship with time. We have to be fully present to stay on top of the zucchini harvest lest the fruits double in size while we turn our heads, but we have to simultaneously be sketching out the next season to maintain succession plantings.

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Heavy labor in heavy wool in a heatwave

I spent last weekend dressed in natural fibers: woolen broadcloth, checked linen and alum-tanned deerskin. This is not an unusual occurrence for me, because in addition to my professional and personal interests in environmental conservation I am an avid reenactor of 18th-century American history. 
What was unusual was the extreme heat and humidity. A wiser or more cautious individual might have decided to stay at home. I, of course, went to Fort Ticonderoga.

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Rev. Billy joins the rally against Cricket Valley Energy Center

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Drive-up theater

Drive-in movie theaters came into vogue in the early 1930s. But drive-up picture shows had a quarter-century head start. Ask folks in Salisbury.
“A moving picture company, who gave an entertainment in the Salisbury town hall Monday and Tuesday evenings of this week, provided a practical demonstration of the fact that the automobile can be made to ‘earn its salt,’ ” the Connecticut Western News said in its April 30, 1908, issue.

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Sun and fun on Fourth of July

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Helping farmers find farmland

The website www.Ctfarmlink.org is like a dating site without the romance. The goals are regional food security and keeping farmland productive. 
Landowners and land seekers create profiles that articulate what they have to offer and what they are looking for, then they browse the playing field. 
Connecticut Farmland Trust staff are available to help both parties in the potential relationship to think through their needs, navigate first meetings, and consider different types of legal agreements and programs.

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Free concerts for students and their families make for sweet music

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HARLEM VALLEY — Music is a way to express, a way to articulate one’s thoughts and feelings and an opportunity to appreciate all that is beautiful in life. Exposure to music can help in the development of minds in young and old alike. To help make that easier, Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn., the oldest chamber music summer festival in the United States, is now offering free admission for public school students and their families in some Dutchess and Columbia County school districts.

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