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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rock Steady Farm, located at 41 Kaye Road in Millerton, has been working hard to ensure the community has access to fresh produce. Photo submitted

COVID-19 impacts different kinds of Harlem Valley farms differently

HARLEM VALLEY — Advancing into the second month of the coronavirus pandemic, life in New York has changed dramatically to fit “the new normal,” with businesses closing their doors, school districts closed for the remainder of the academic year and residents donning face masks to carry out their daily routines.


Marlane White, board director for the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, donned a mask to set the right tone during the car parade on Tuesday, April 28. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Tri-State Chamber car parade to honor workers

FALLS VILLAGE —  It was National Superhero Day on Tuesday, April 28, and to express appreciation for the efforts of medical workers and emergency services personnel, the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce organized a car parade.


From left, New York Blood Center Donor Specialist Tania Arid and Key Club student members Angelina Mannino and Samantha Haines worked together to organize a blood drive at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School last May. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Plasma Donations Centers open in the region: The dire need for blood donations during crisis

HARLEM VALLEY  — With New York State on PAUSE, residents are being asked to go out only when they need to pick up essentials such as food and medicine. But there is one essential that is desperately needed and that must be given rather than received: life-saving blood.


Picking daffodils to use in the donated bouquets was Millbrook High School freshman Nell Stevens, who was “volunteered” for the assignment, according to her mom, but who loved it. Photo submitted

Innisfree Garden donates 4,500 daffodils: Bouquets made for seniors and front line workers to buoy spirits

MILLBROOK — What does one do with 4,500 golden heirloom daffodils, and no one around to enjoy their beauty? Well, if talking about Innisfree Garden, it makes them into lovely fresh bouquets and distributes them to The Fountains in Millbrook and Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie.


On Saturday, April 25, the kitchen staff at the Millbrook Diner donned masks once again to prepare the 80 meals the diner has been donating to the Millbrook community every day of the week since March 20. Diner owners Thanasi Theodoropoulis and his wife, Debra, said they want to do their part to help hungry local residents get through the health crisis. Photo by Judith O’Hara Balfe

The Millbrook Diner feeds the hungry during COVID-19 crisis

MILLBROOK — For so many local residents, the Millbrook Diner is an iconic site in the village, a landmark at 3266 Franklin Ave. The diner has been serving food, and memories, for more years than many can count. But the extraordinary deed it is performing in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic will surely be long remembered for years to come.

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