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GOSHEN —  Town leaders who were at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, expressed their concerns about three bills currently being deliberated in the state Legislature.

The first proposed bill SB-454 was introduced in January by Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-11) and, if passed, would create a commission to implement the regional consolidation of school districts.

The commission would develop a plan to realign school districts that have a total student population of fewer than 40,000 students, except for regional...

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A home of one’s own with Habitat

One of the constant topics of conversation in the Northwest Corner is the need for affordable housing. And yet often when affordable homes become available through one of the local housing trusts or through Habitat for Humanity, there are very few applications for ownership. 

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Jewish community reacts to Pittsburgh shootings

On Oct. 27, 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.
According to published reports, suspect Robert Bowers entered the synagogue while both Shabbat morning services and a bris were being held.
Law enforcement officials said that Bowers shouted about his desire to “kill Jewish people” as he started gunning down synagogue members with a semi-automatic assault rifle and three semi-automatic pistols.

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A homestead Halloween

WINGDALE — Harlem Valley Homestead found a way to help the community facilitate a deeper connection to the land by organizing its first Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20. Located on Old Forge Road in Wingdale, the festival ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., welcoming more than 70 guests throughout the day. 
Guests sampled tastes of the harvest season with the festival’s variety of farm-fresh foods: freshly made squash donuts, hand-pressed apple cider, homemade pumpkin pie and coal-roasted vegetables. 

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Haunted Mill spooks and scares

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WASSAIC — In celebration of Halloween, The Wassaic Project presented its Haunted Mill on Saturday, Oct. 27. Halls at Maxon Mills were decorated to spook the little ones, and entertain all who entered. 
The effort impressed those who attended, even if it wasn’t super scary.
“It was less scary then usual,” said 11-year-old Monica Dilley.
Parents said they were glad to be able to bring their little ones somewhere fun — and creative.

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2018 Elections: Meet the candidates for state office

63rd District House of Representatives

 

 Jay M. Case (R)

If incumbent, how many years in office? 

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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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