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VFW Post Cmdr.-Elect Maddie Fletcher Photo submitted

Maddie Fletcher is Dover VFW’s first female commander

DOVER PLAINS — For the very first time in its 42-year history, a woman has been elected — with a unanimous vote — to lead the overwhelming male membership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5444 in Dover as its next post commander. The official vote was held on Thursday, April 1, at the Post home on Route 22. 

Addressing anti-Asian bias

NEW YORK — Responding to recent reports of attacks targeting Asian Americans, New York State officials have voiced their intent to maintain an open dialogue with their communities and continue combatting incidents of discrimination as they arise.

Locals say no problems, law enforcement prepares

A new trio of investors has taken charge of the race track at Lime Rock Park. They promise to protect the park-like setting that makes the race venue unique while expanding activities there. Photo by Lans Christensen

New ownership group for Lime Rock

SALISBURY — Skip Barber has reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in the race track at Lime Rock Park (LRP) to a group of investors.

Clockwise, from bottom left, Grangers Julian Couse, Dinner Chairman Therese Fallon, Ben Van Kleeck and Jan Brooks helped get the very tempting homemade Chocolate Stout Cake frosted and the homemade Irish Soda Bread cut. Photo by Ryan Orton

Stanford Grange celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish dinner

STANFORDVILLE — The Stanford Grange’s Annual Corned Beef Dinner on Friday, March 13, was swamped with diners seeing green. 

From left, rear, staff members of The Pond Restaurant in Ancramdale including Amanda Tyler, pictured with owners Paige and Rob Castellano, along with Elizabeth Sprague, Lea Ann Barlow, Hannah Barlow and Patrick Merrill, who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with help from friend Brian Reese, who played the part of a leprechaun; joined by staff member Kamarin Meiller, in front. Photo submitted

Feeling lucky at The Pond

ANCRAMDALE — Staff and customers alike at The Pond Restaurant, located at 711 County Route 3, were feeling the luck of the Irish on Wednesday, March 17, as an apparent leprechaun stopped by to spread some St. Patrick’s Day cheer. 

Ancram Town Board passes local law to regulate short-term rentals

ANCRAM — Recognizing the growing phenomenon of property owners renting out their homes, especially as many city dwellers have been heading northward to escape to the country during the coronavirus pandemic, the town of Ancram enacted a local law this past December to permit and regulate short-term rentals (STRs) in town to offer STR owners guide


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