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Pine Plains Free Library reopens after COVID scare: Dutchess County libraries receive $72K through grants

HARLEM VALLEY — Thanks to a special allocation to Dutchess County’s Agency Partner Grant Program, 11 libraries across New York state received critical funding this summer to help bridge the digital divide and address technology barriers to literacy, early reading, English as a Second Language and literacy for those seeking jobs.

Hillsdale Dems select Kersten to run for town supervisor

HILLSDALE — After Tropical Storm Isaias delayed the selection of a new Democratic candidate to replace former Democratic Hillsdale town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski — who resigned at the end of July to join his husband, Bill Kramer, in Hollywood, Calif., where Kramer is the director and CEO of the new $482 million Academy Motion Picture Museum — a


Harlem Valley Homestead Director of Education and Outreach Alanna Burns delivered an update on its community outreach efforts during the ATC’s “Plan and Adapt: Stories of Resilience from AT Communities” webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Photo submitted

How COVID’s impact on the AT has affected small businesses along the trail

HARLEM VALLEY — With all the strains and sorrows the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the country’s shoulders these last few months, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) was heartened by the perseverance and adaptability of small businesses in these trying times.


Several Salisbury residents reported last week that someone entered their vehicles and searched for items to take. This photo was taken with a security camera on a home in Lakeville. The car by the roadside is owned by the family; the thief was walking along the road from house to house. Photo courtesy Robert Riva

Hows and whys of car thefts

We ran this article in our issue of July 23 but felt it deserved to be printed again in the wake of break-ins last week in Salisbury.


Sarah Coon examined the fields of sweet corn at Paley’s in Sharon on Friday, Aug. 14. Many crops were smaller than normal this summer because of the hot, dry weather. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle

Heat (and bears) hurt this summer’s sweet corn

While most people have spent the summer trying to adjust to living during a pandemic, farmers in the area have been trying to adjust to a season that saw a collection of obstacles and hardships caused by the weather and by animals.

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