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Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) District Superintendent Richard Hooley spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new $36.8 million Salt Point campus. Photo by judith O’Hara Balfe

County project delayed by pandemic now underway: $36.8 million BOCES Salt Point campus redo breaks ground

SALT POINT— The Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (DCBOCES) $36.8 million capital project was due to break ground in April, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, on Wednesday, July 1, under sunny skies and with much optimism, a groundbreaking was finally held. 

 Two signs outside the Cornwall Country Market alert customers that they must wear masks inside the store. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Coronavirus masks symbolize cultural divide

A lone couple occupied a public bench along Kent’s Main Street on a recent Sunday morning as the town slowly came alive with people walking their dogs, dining outdoors or out for a drive. 

Unlike most others around them who were sporting facial masks, this couple was bare-faced, and they intend to stay that way.

Parking his truck at the end of Sawchuck Road, Ancram Highway Superintendent Jim Miller directed motorists to alternative routes while repaving work was conducted last week. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Sawchuck Road repaving complete

ANCRAM — With assistance from the neighboring towns of Gallatin, Copake and Hillsdale, the town of Ancram repaved Sawchuck Road from the intersection of County Route 8 and Pulver Road to the town and county line. 

After all the fun in the sun at last year’s summer camp program, the town of Pine Plains was pleased to report that it is offering its summer camp program again this year. It’s one of the few area towns that will do so. Pine Plains will run camp from Monday, July 6, through Friday, Aug. 14. Photo submitted

Many towns choose to cancel summer camps

HARLEM VALLEY — Even as their little ones get ready for summertime, local families might be wondering whether they’ll be able to send their children off to summer camp this year with the coronavirus pandemic still an issue.

Kyle Van De Water Photo submitted

Millbrook lawyer hopes for GOP primary win in N.Y.’s 19th District

NEW YORK STATE — Primary elections looked a little different on Tuesday, June 23, as 2020 — the year of the coronavirus pandemic — had many Dutchess County voters braving polling places donning masks, with sanitizer in hand (if not provided by election inspectors), to cast their ballots for their candidates of choice.

County and state try to calm the cries for police reform: Local police departments say they’re prepared to meet state mandates

DUTCHESS COUNTY — Calls for radical change — namely police reform — and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement seem to be at their height these days, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black Minneapolis man, last month, at the hands of a White former police officer.

Towns are slowly beginning to host meetings in person, instead of online. The Sharon selectmen invited a limited number of people to attend their meeting last week. Photo by Leila Hawken

Safely behind a mask at a meeting

During the COVID-19 pandemic, area towns created a balance between closing their town halls to the public and serving that same public — but by appointment. Providing creative solutions to residents’ needs has made the whole system work.


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