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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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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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Wet spring, hot summer, but we still have corn

When it comes to farming, skill and knowledge and hard work certainly pay off, but it’s the weather that can make or break a crop.
“We live for the forecast,” said Theresa Freund, owner of Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan. “Everything is based on the weather.”
At Freund’s farm, the heavy rains this May washed away much of the herbicides, which led to an abundance of weeds in parts of the cornfields. There were also some particularly wet spots in the fields that yielded corn that was stunted in growth.

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Taking a closer look at Regents results across the Harlem Valley

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HARLEM VALLEY — According to the results of the state Regents exams that were recently released by the Webutuck, Pine Plains and Millbrook central school districts, the area schools are relatively equal in their test performances, with Millbrook edging out front in both the percentage of passing grades and the percentage of mastery level grades.
Webutuck had the lowest percent passing rate, but its percent of mastery level grades matched that of Pine Plains.

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Murphy and Blumenthal: Manufacturing is back

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HARTFORD — With U.S. financial markets hemorrhaging Monday afternoon, the irony of positive economic news for Connecticut was not lost on Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who teamed up to present the results of a manufacturing survey in a televised press conference at the state Capitol.

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Wassaic Project

Transforming the Mills into an artists’ playground

WASSAIC — This year’s Wassaic Project Summer Festival, held Aug. 5 to 7, featured more than 100 artists and 23 bands, as well as poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings and artist talks.
Inside the stately, renovated seven-story Maxon Mills (formerly a grain mill, now the center of the Wassaic Project), art was found in nearly every nook and cranny.
Standing by her installation, “You Are My Anchor,” Sarah Hardesty explained the process of incorporating her work into this unique and intimate space.

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Victories big and small at horse trials

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MILLBROOK — Hundreds of competitors and spectators flocked to Millbrook last weekend, Aug. 4 through 7, for the Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT). The competition, which benefits the Dutchess Land Conservancy, is particularly popular because it offers all six levels of eventing, from beginner novice through advanced.
This year’s trials saw the greatest number of competitiors in its 11-year history, with more than 500 horse-and-rider teams entered and more than 460 going into the competition.

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Libraries focus on summer reading

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HARLEM VALLEY — For many, summer may be a break from academics, but local libraries have been working to promote reading outside of the classroom through a series of fun and hands-on programs. Beginning in July, the Amenia Free Library, the NorthEast-Millerton Library, the Pine Plains Free Library and the Millbrook Free Library hold their annual summer reading programs.

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