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The Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (NDCC) has extended an invitation to middle and high school students to take an active role in local addiction prevention by joining its youth leadership committee. Pictured here are two high school seniors who participated in the Vaping is Exploding event held at the Red Hook Community Center in northeastern Dutchess County in March 2019, during which time the students kept Red Hook residents informed about the dangers of vaping. Photo submitted

Coalition wants students to make healthy choices, live healthy lives

HARLEM VALLEY — Local youth aspiring to make a worthwhile impact in their communities are being sought  after by the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (NDCC), which is currently looking for students to take an active role in local addiction prevention by joining the coalition’s youth leadership committee.


There is an infestation this year of gypsy moth caterpillars, which are eating all the leaves on every tree they can find (oaks are their favorite, but they will strip any tree that is available and has leaves). Photo by Kathy O’Flinn

The attack of the killer gypsy moth

Most years, we are inundated in summer with photos of bears. This year, my email inbox is full of photos of destructive, furry gypsy moth caterpillars. Several photos are dramatic before-and-afters, where a tree (usually an oak) is fully leafed one day, and completely stripped the next day.


Gartersnakes such as this one — found in Salisbury over the weekend — are ubiquitous, friendly and not venomous. Nonetheless, don’t try to pick one up. Their bite will not kill you but it will certainly hurt. Photo by James H. Clark

Who’s that friendly guy in your garden?

In case you were wondering, gartersnakes got their name because of their resemblance to the garters that men used to use to hold their socks up — even though to modern eyes, they more closely resemble garden hoses.

Poets Corner

Once again, The Lakeville Journal will provide space to poets who feel inspired to share their thoughts with our readers. It’s been a while since we did this, but June seems like the perfect month to start again. The topics can be varied, but political opinion will remain under Letters to the Editor.

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