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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.


Chris Marino, owner of Autumn Gun Works in Goshen, said sales of small handguns, like this 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol, are popular with first-time gun owners. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Social unease triggers a rise in gun ownership

Connecticut, along with Massachusetts, has among the strictest gun control laws in the country, and the documentation and certification process from start to finish could take several months. But that is not deterring a new crop of first-time gun owners.


Millbrook interior designer Ashley Lempka took a photo of an old maple tree that split in half and fell on top of her garage at her home in the village of Millbrook on Tuesday, Aug. 4, during Tropical Storm Isaias.  Photo by Ashley Lempka

Tropical Storm Isaias hits the Harlem Valley

HARLEM VALLEY — Just as millions of Americans living along the Eastern Seaboard — and those of us living right here in the Tri-state region — have dealt with the hardships of existing during a global pandemic, all were forced to deal with Tropical Storm Isaias, which arrived Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 4.


From left, New York protesters Monica Hunken, Creek Iversen, George Elliot and Ben Schwartz (not pictured) stood in solidarity against the Cricket Valley Energy Center’s operations from atop the power plant’s smokestack last November. Photo submitted

Protesters get one year probation for scaling Cricket Valley smokestacks

DOVER PLAINS — Almost nine months after they were arrested for criminal trespassing on the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) property, New York residents Creek Iversen, Ben Schwartz, Monica Hunken and George Elliot had their day in court on Monday, Aug.

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