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Matthew Junge, assistant professor of mathematics at Bard College, has been awarded a national research grant to calculate COVID-19 transmission rates. Photo submitted

Bard professor studies whether social quarantine for COVID-19 is extreme

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — The best methods for pinpointing COVID-19 transmission rates continue to elude public health and infectious disease experts in the U.S. and globally. 

Now, it appears that mathematics may help connect the dots, particularly for small, rural areas such as Litchfield and Dutchess counties.


These peach tree blossoms in Lakeville were at
their peak just before last week’s snow and frost. P
hoto by Kate Hochswender

Not a killing frost (probably)

It’s worrisome when fruit trees have begun to blossom and then a frost and a snow come in and threaten their safety — and their ability to produce fruit in late summer and autumn.


Incumbent state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30), shown here in a photo from 2018, will seek reelection this November. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Incumbent Craig Miner will seek Senate seat again

State Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) is running for reelection, although he hasn’t made a formal announcement.

“So I guess you’ll be the first” he said in a phone interview Sunday, May 17.

Miner was elected to the state Senate in 2016, and represented the 68th District in the state House of Representatives for eight terms prior.

Plans for the August primaries

GOSHEN — Sue Larsen, president of the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut, told the 21 first selectmen, mayors and town managers of the Northwest Hills  Council of Governments (COG) that all registered Republicans and Democrats in the state will receive applications for absentee voting in the mail for the Aug.11 primary elections.

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