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WINGDALE— Joining together with Housatonic Valley Association, Harlem Valley Homestead ushered in the month of November by inviting the community to a tree-planting party on Saturday, Nov. 3.

While the morning was clouded with dark skies and a burst of rain, volunteers were determined to set up roots along the Ten Mile River — rain or shine. By the afternoon, the weather warmed up and the sun came out, casting a light on the autumn colors. Open to all ages, volunteers planted flowers and trees.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the homestead organized a tulip-planting pre...

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Every one bit the dust

Disturbing news, for a baby boomer anyway, comes from my recent reading of Steve Knopper’s article “The End of Owning Music,” Rolling Stone, June 14 issue, and  Renée Graham’s “In the YouTube Era, Can We Still Savor Music?” Boston Globe, June 17. They shook my whole personal music foundation. 
I grew up in a rural area listening to top-40 radio and purchasing 45 singles and occasionally 33 rpm LPs. The first LP I owned was Johnny Cash, “Hey Porter/CryCryCry,” on Sun Records. (Wish I still had it.)

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Trail tales on the AT

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Millerhurst Farm tries to pick up the pieces following devastating barn fire

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ANCRAMDALE— For 248 years, Millerhurst Farm has worked a successful dairy operation in the town of Ancram. On Sunday, Oct. 14, an electrical fire tore through the farm’s two dairy barns, killing 46 of 47 cows. The lone surviving cow from the barns, named Glow, escaped and is now being housed at Ronnybrook Farm in Pine Plains.
That’s just one example of the outpouring of community support that the Mike and Emily Miller have encountered since they lost their barns.

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How to have a happy Halloween…

HARLEM VALLEY — Ghosts and goblins and pumpkins that go bump in the night will have nothing on the dozens of volunteers throughout the area who are hard at work to be certain that this year’s multi-day celebrations will be a treat for all.
Amenia/Wassaic
The Amenia Library at 3309 Route 343 will be kicking off festivities with pumpkin decorating on Friday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. and follow up with a traditional candy Trick or Treat on Wed., Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

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Board Leadership Forum draws nonprofits for a day of learning

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Leaders from nearly 100 nonprofit organizations in the tristate area gathered Saturday, Oct. 13, for the first Board Leadership Forum at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. The daylong training and networking opportunity drew over 180 volunteer board leaders and over 50 executive directors from nonprofits with a range of missions, from education to arts to health and human services, that aim to strengthen communities in northwest Litchfield, northeast Dutchess, Columbia and Berkshire counties.

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The oak and the maple and our dashed hopes

I should have known better. Daring to predict the quality of the autumn foliage in New England is an act of hubris that seldom goes unanswered. Alert readers of this column will have noticed that despite my assertion in September that we had the potential for an outstanding display of fall color, we have instead experienced one of the drabbest, most muted and altogether lackluster leaf peeping seasons in recent memory. 

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Community pulls together after fire rips through Millerhurst Farm

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ANCRAMDALE — As of Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, a GoFundMe page that set out to raise $20,000 had raised $73,307 for the Miller family, which lost 47 of its 48 cows in a fiery blaze that ripped through its dairy farm on Sunday, Oct. 14, at around 7:30 p.m.

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Making it easy for everyone to vote Nov. 6

The Salisbury registrars, Karin Gerstel and Maureen Dell, plus Anna McGuire from North Canaan, took a few minutes during a busy time of year on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to go over the options for registering to vote and for voting in the upcoming election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The first thing to know is that all voting information is available on the Secretary of the State website (www.portal.ct.gov/SOTS).

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Eight fatal crashes since May: Deadly highways

Three more fatal automobile accidents have happened in the Northwest Corner in the past two weeks, bringing the total of fatalities this year to eight. 
German Perez, 60, of Ashley Falls, Mass., died last week when his car slid off Route 7 in North Canaan into the Housatonic River. His family alerted the police that he was missing on Tuesday, Sept. 25; Perez’s Toyota Tacoma truck was found in the river the following day. The State Police reported that his body had been found on Wednesday, Oct. 3 (see story, below).

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Town Board discusses solar prices, reviews Green Briar meeting

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board met on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Town Hall. 
Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri stated that donations had been made to the town from Millbrook Tribute Gardens in the amount of $5,000 each to the town’s senior citizens’ program, a camp scholarship and a camp trip. Also, $15,000 was donated for reservoir filtration.

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