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Whether it’s feeding the hungry or helping senior citizens access healthcare, the North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton has been serving local residents for decades. To make a donation to the NECC, go to www.neccmillerton.org/donate. Photo submitted

The Harlem Valley shows it knows how to give

HARLEM VALLEY — Kicking off the month of December with goodness and generosity in tow, local nonprofits, small businesses and other organizations reached out on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and asked their communities to support those who work, often around the clock, to help others in need. It was all in recognition of Giving Tuesday. 

“Heroes Work Here,” according to a sign at Dr. Leonard Astrauskus’ office in Sharon, Conn. The poster was lettered by Kent resident Joan Behling and colored by her 9-year-old granddaughter, Emma, who wanted to thank frontline workers. The sign is one of 40 they distributed starting this past spring to doctors’ and dentists’ offices, restaurants and grocery stores throughout the Tri-state region with help from their neighbor, Ann Jamison. The doctor’s staff, including, top row, from left, Deborah Hill, Wendy Murphy and Evett Chin-Grant; bottom row, from left, Angel Falzon and Victoria Jackson, said the sign lights up the office. Photo by Irish Conklin

Harlem Valley braces for the possibility of dreaded ‘twindemic’

HARLEM VALLEY — Most years, right when autumn is winding down and winter is about to begin, people would be talking about how best to avoid catching that ghastly flu, contemplating whether it’s too late to get the flu shot (it’s not), whether it’s worth it to get inoculated at all (it is) and simply how to stay healthy for the remainder of the f

Food Pantry resources

TRI-STATE REGION — Local food pantries are always a critical element of the community support network, but as many struggle to deal with the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 health crisis, the need is greater than ever.

Chris Norstein and her husband, Warren, who is the chef and owner of Big W’s BBQ in Wingdale, had a rare quiet moment to pose for this photo during warmer weather. Warren spends most of his time smoking meats for hours at his very popular restaurant, which sold turkey feasts for Thanksgiving and will do so again for Christmas. Photo by oOivia Norstein

Big W’s BBQ helps set the holiday table

WINGDALE — Ask Warren Norstein of Big W’s what’s cookin’ and he’ll happily explain not just what’s on the menu, but how it got there and exactly what makes his mouth watering BBQ good enough to drive miles for.

Harlem Valley Homestead in Wingdale has been donating fresh produce to the Farm to Food Pantry program, through which it goes to local food lockers, thereby contributing to the farm’s mission of creating an access point for fresh, local food for the community.  Photo submitted

Farm to Food Pantry program has Harlem Valley farms fighting hunger

HARLEM VALLEY — Now more than ever, access to fresh food is an essential to staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rodney Webb and Tom Paine from the Salisbury town crew helped the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce put up holiday trees in Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon last week. Photo by Mary Wilbur

Not the caroling kind of year: So far, few holiday events are planned for the area

As with everything this year, none of this is set in stone. However, at this point it looks like most area towns will light holiday trees but few will have the traditional carol singing and cookies.


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