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19th U.S. Congressional District: Millbrook’s Van De Water declared primary winner

NEW YORK STATE — Millbrook resident, lawyer and former Village Trustee and Town Board member Kyle Van De Water has been declared the victor of the Republican primary for the 19th U.S. Congressional District against GOP challenger Ola Hawatmeh, a Poughkeepsie fashion designer, in what was an extremely close race. 


Photo by Colleen B. Reilly

Up in the sky

Photographer Colleen B. Reilly went out in search of the comet known as NEOWISE, which is traversing our night skies right now. After a 40-mile drive to Woodbury, Conn., and a three-hour wait, she was able to capture several photos, including this one that she shared with The Lakeville Journal.


Copake sisters Emi Wakamatsu, left, and Maya kept their eyes on the family’s tablet, propped up on a window sill, as they practiced the moves they’ve been learning through the online Kids Karate program. Photo by Jennifer Wakamatsu​

Libraries join forces, offer summer reading program

TRI-STATE REGION — As June approached, it became increasingly obvious that due to restrictions of COVID-19, area libraries would not be filled with the cheerful sounds of children’s voices joining together for the usual summertime fare.

Residents share their stories at virtual forum: What it’s like to be a person of color living in Dutchess County today

DUTCHESS COUNTY — Elected officials and community leaders held “A Listening Town Hall: People of Color Sharing Their Experiences in Dutchess County” on Tuesday evening, July 7, for people to talk about what it’s like living in the region as a person of color.


Crews are at work in area towns upgrading power lines and towers owned by Eversource; the workers are also adding fiber optic lines to help expedite repairs if a power line goes out. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Eversource upgrades power lines, towers

Eversource, the region’s power company, is upgrading electrical wires in several areas. 

There is a fair amount of roadwork and other infrastructure work going on in the Northwest Corner right now, with water mains getting replaced and roads getting resurfaced.

More recipes not to be missed

The challenges of putting out a newspaper in a COVID-19 world include occasionally missing an article that we very much meant to include. This happens even when we are all working in the office, but it’s more likely to happen when we are not together, and some of our normal checks and balances are lacking.

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