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Since March, the PODs at the Dutchess County Justice and Transition Center in Poughkeepsie have been available for use to house homeless individuals during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. They were recently decommissioned as they were no longer being used. Photo submitted

An encouraging sign: COVID PODs decommissioned

POUGHKEEPSIE — With a capacity of up to 100 individuals, the previously vacant temporary housing units (also known as PODs) at the Dutchess County Justice and Transition Center in Poughkeepsie were repurposed by Dutchess County as emergency shelters for those in need when the coronavirus struck in March. 


U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-D-19), in center, toured Ronnybrook Farm’s dairy processing facility with Peter Osofsky, left, and his father, Ronnybrook Farm founder Rick Osofsky. Photo courtesy of U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado tours dairy as farmers seek additional COVID-19 support

ANCRAMDALE — Though already well aware of the challenges local farmers have endured in keeping their farms operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) toured Ronnybrook Farms recently to gain a greater understanding of the support farmers across New York need to remain in business.


Low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment sites, like Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, above, are now open to the public under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s phased reopening plan of New York state’s economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that had shut down much of the state in mid-March. Innisfree is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays and legal holidays, rain or shine. For details, call 845-677-8000. Photo courtesy Innisfree Garden

On to Phase 4 of reopening the economy: Mid-Hudson Valley COVID-19 recovery

HUDSON VALLEY — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that he believes the Mid-Hudson Valley Region of New York would be able to reopen its economy for Phase 4 on Tuesday, July 7.


Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) District Superintendent Richard Hooley spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new $36.8 million Salt Point campus. Photo by judith O’Hara Balfe

County project delayed by pandemic now underway: $36.8 million BOCES Salt Point campus redo breaks ground

SALT POINT— The Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (DCBOCES) $36.8 million capital project was due to break ground in April, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, on Wednesday, July 1, under sunny skies and with much optimism, a groundbreaking was finally held. 

Food Pantry resources

HARLEM VALLEY — Local food pantries are always a critical element of the community support network, but as many struggle to deal with the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 health crisis, the need is greater than ever.


 Two signs outside the Cornwall Country Market alert customers that they must wear masks inside the store. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Coronavirus masks symbolize cultural divide

A lone couple occupied a public bench along Kent’s Main Street on a recent Sunday morning as the town slowly came alive with people walking their dogs, dining outdoors or out for a drive. 

Unlike most others around them who were sporting facial masks, this couple was bare-faced, and they intend to stay that way.


Parking his truck at the end of Sawchuck Road, Ancram Highway Superintendent Jim Miller directed motorists to alternative routes while repaving work was conducted last week. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Sawchuck Road repaving complete

ANCRAM — With assistance from the neighboring towns of Gallatin, Copake and Hillsdale, the town of Ancram repaved Sawchuck Road from the intersection of County Route 8 and Pulver Road to the town and county line. 


After all the fun in the sun at last year’s summer camp program, the town of Pine Plains was pleased to report that it is offering its summer camp program again this year. It’s one of the few area towns that will do so. Pine Plains will run camp from Monday, July 6, through Friday, Aug. 14. Photo submitted

Many towns choose to cancel summer camps

HARLEM VALLEY — Even as their little ones get ready for summertime, local families might be wondering whether they’ll be able to send their children off to summer camp this year with the coronavirus pandemic still an issue.


Kyle Van De Water Photo submitted

Millbrook lawyer hopes for GOP primary win in N.Y.’s 19th District

NEW YORK STATE — Primary elections looked a little different on Tuesday, June 23, as 2020 — the year of the coronavirus pandemic — had many Dutchess County voters braving polling places donning masks, with sanitizer in hand (if not provided by election inspectors), to cast their ballots for their candidates of choice.

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