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Shooting instructor Paula Moore, left,  joined Orvis Sandanona in June, when the Millbrook shooting grounds re-opened amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here she is watching the form of student Felicia Mohr while she practiced her shooting. Photo by Judith O’Hara Balfe

Meet Paula Moore, Orvis Sandanona’s newest shooting instructor

MILLBROOK — Paula Moore had a satisfying career showing horses, something that she loved to do. But accompanying her husband to a sporting clays shooting program one day eventually changed her life, and her career, which is why she is now the newest shooting instructor at Orvis Sandanona shooting grounds in Millbrook.

He put it in the bleachers

Perhaps you’ve heard about the dust up following Fernando Tatis Jr.’s grand slam in the eighth inning with a seven run lead. He missed the “take” sign on a 3 and 0 count, the pitcher grooved one, and Tatis hit it out.

Some people, including both managers, called, “Foul! He violated one of the unwritten rules!”


Photo by Kaitlin Lyle
From left, Laylynn, Kaylee and Leina Thorne rested atop the train at the recently reopened Millerton playground with Jazmine Miller and Devin Johnson, though non wore masks.

A place to play reopens in time for summer

MILLERTON — Between the sound of children’s laughter and the sight of families coming out to enjoy a sunny day at the park, the playground at Eddie Collins Memorial Field, located at 5991 Route 22, recently opened after being closed these last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


A stocked brown trout from the Blackberry River in North Canaan, Conn. The state has stocked the stream several times in recent months. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

A fisherman’s journal amid a pandemic

The gist of fishing right now is: There are three brook trout streams in nearby Conneciticut, the Blackberry and the Furnace Brook in North Canaan and the Housatonic, all within 20 miles of Lakeville (staying in-state). 

‘The Matrix’ is here

I am a major league fan of the movie, “The Matrix.” For those of you who might not be, it’s a movie about how a future artificial intelligence manages to create an artificial reality in which humans live, well, artificially, all the while thinking it is real.


From left, young Hunter Conklin admired the turkey his grandfather, Millerton resident Larry Conklin, took at the start of the 2020 spring turkey hunting season. Photo submitted

Harlem Valley hunters take a shot at wild turkey season this May

HARLEM VALLEY — Since the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the start of spring turkey season on Friday, May 1, hunters across the Harlem Valley have been coming out of the woodwork to talk turkey and prepare themselves for another exciting season hunting these wild birds.


Having enticed a number of young dance students at last year’s Dance for Dance program, above, internationally recognized choreographer and Pine Plains native and current NYC and Ancram resident, Mark DeGarmo, hopes for a successful virtual event this year. Photo submitted

Choreographer with local roots, Mark DeGarmo, hosts Virtual Dance for Dance

PINE PLAINS — It was just last fall that internationally acclaimed choreographer, Pine Plains native and current NYC and Ancram resident, Mark DeGarmo, returned home and charmed the community by gathering volunteers for a community dance in the Pine Plains FFA’s Fall Agricultural Fair’s traditional parade. 

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