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A ribbon cutting was held at Copake Town Hall on Saturday, Aug. 13, for the opening of the historical exhibit at Town Hall. Above, from left, town Supervisor Jeanne Mettler, State Senator Daphne Jordan (R-43), Town Historian Howard Blue and local artist Nick Fritsch were among those present. Photo by Judith O'Hara Balfe

The long and storied history of Copake’s Town Hall is now a permanent exhibit for all to enjoy

COPAKE — There is an awesome exhibit at the Copake Town Hall — not to be missed. Fortunately, it is now a permanent display, welcoming all to the municipal building following a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held Saturday, Aug. 13.


From left, The Reverend Matthew Calkins of Grace Church Millbrook presented Innisfree Garden and Innisfree Landscape Curator Kate Kerin with an award on Monday, Aug. 15, a hand-painted plate depicting Innisfree and other tokens of appreciation. Kerin and Grace Church have worked together for several years to coordinate the annual Blessing of Sacred Places at the world-renowned garden. Photo by Judith O'Hara Balfe

Grace Church honors those who serve at annual gala

PAWLING — Monday, Aug. 15, was a beautiful summer day, perfect for the 15th Annual Grace Golf and Dinner Benefit for Grace Church Millbrook. This year, the event was held at the Quaker Hill Country Club in Pawling.


Brian Robinson demonstrated the points he taught to young patrons about the Eagle Owl at the Roe Jan Library’s Community Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 14. He introduced several other birds as well. Photo by Judith O’Hara Balfe

Much to enjoy at library picnic

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library celebrated the end of summer with residents and others in the area at its Community Picnic at the library on Sunday, Aug. 14.


Imagine the frustration of this bear that recently thought he had found a smorgasbord of goodies in the Welsh Sanitation yard only to discover an energetic employee had cleared out all leftovers from the bins. Photo courtesy Welsh Sanitation

Can’t bear those trashy creatures?

HARLEM VALLEY — Many residents who have the pleasure of living in the beauty of rural Dutchess County, especially here in the northeastern section, know there is a price to pay. That bill comes due every year when black bears decide that the quickest route to a delicious dinner is through someone’s trash can.


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Marcus Molinaro

HUDSON VALLEY — Republican Marcus Molinaro has been making a name in political circles around Dutchess County since the age of 18, when he first joined the Tivoli Village Board. He made national news a year later at the age of 19 as the “Youngest Mayor in America,” taking lead of that same small village.


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Pat Ryan

HUDSON VALLEY — On Tuesday, Aug. 23, voters will decide between Democratic Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and Republican Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro in a Special Election for the 19th Congressional District (CD).

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