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Therapist Aviva Chansky Guttmann guides community mental health provider  Yair Oelbaum in tapping on meridian points while demonstrating an energy psychology practice known as EFT. Photo by Deborah Maier

Mental health collaborative aims to help students cope

RED HOOK —  Politicians tend to stress “learning loss” when they speak of the educational system’s recent upheavals related to the pandemic and lockdowns, but it’s more nuanced than that, claimed Jack Costello, director of pupil personnel services (PPS) for the Red Hook Central School District (RHCSD).

A restored area of woodland, formerly a tangle of bittersweet, barberry and burning bush. Photo by Dee Salomon

Into The Woods, Together

As many readers of this column know, I have been working in the woods, fields and marshes on my property for about a dozen years, eliminating invasive plants and encouraging native species to grow. Along the way I have made many mistakes; some merely embarrassing, such as thinking the invasive narrowleaf bittercress was young fern, for example.

A rendering by Ackert Architecture, PC, of the Ancram Center for the Arts, included in a feasibility study completed in 2021. Photo submitted

Renovation to support new works, community

ANCRAM —  Since 2016, Ancram Opera House (AOH) co-directors Paul Ricciardi and Jeff Mousseau have brought contemporary, innovative theater performances to a rural audience. With the expansion of the Summer Play Lab program as well as the AOH campus itself, Ricciardi and Mousseau see a bright future ahead for the organization.

Survey IDs top health needs

SHARON — The latest assessment of community health needs in Sharon Hospital’s service areas in Litchfield County and Dutchess County, N.Y., has identified chronic disease, mental health and substance use disorders as the top health issues affecting residents.


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