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Sarah (Paley) Coon and her husband, Chris, owners of Paley’s Farm Market in Sharon, said they’ve been busy since the garden center opened at the end of March. Many customers are eager to start their own vegetable gardens this year, they said. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Seeds, plants and vegetables: Many options for growing produce

One thing that has been notable during the COVID-19 crisis has been the rush to purchase and hoard anything that might be in short supply. 

In the rural Northwest Corner, this hasn’t just applied to grocery store items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, white flour and yeast. It has also applied to farming items. 

Ancram Significant Habitats Map paves the way for future preservation

ANCRAM — After dedicating 19 years to identifying and mapping the diverse natural habitats in the local region, the Ancram Conservation Advisory Council’s (CAC) passion and persistence culminated in the form of the Ancram Significant Habitats Map, which was unveiled to the public last month via the Town of Ancram website at

Molinaro reassures county businesses that county will rebound

DUCHESS COUNTY — Already well aware of the number of Dutchess County businesses struggling to stay afloat throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, in cooperation with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC), reassured area business owners and leaders during an hour-long Virtual Contact Break


Equipped with a protective face mask and gloves, Rural Letter Carrier Rebecca Higgs from the Millbrook Post Office did her best to stay safe as she went on her mail route around the town of Washington recently. Photo submitted

Local postal workers keep mail moving

HARLEM VALLEY — No matter if the forecast calls for rain, snow or a global pandemic, postal workers have had to continue on the job so people can continue to get their mail. Mail delivery is considered an essential service, putting those workers on the front lines.

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