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The falls at Bull’s Bridge in Kent this weekend were running fast and hard after days and days of rain and a major thunderstorm on Saturday night, July 17.  Photo by Lans Christensen

It’s the ‘North-wet’ Corner this week

There was no need to consult online charts over the weekend to know that the heavy rainfall had caused flooding: All you had to do was drive around the Northwest Corner to see submerged yards, battered footbridges and swollen creeks.


The Housatonic River has been at or near flood stage with the heavy rain falling this week. Recreational visitors are reminded that the water is extremely dangerous. This photo was taken at Bull’s Bridge in Kent on Thursday, July 8. Photo by Lans Christensen

Take no chances when the river is at flood stage

It stopped raining for a minute on Saturday, July 10, and the flow of the Housatonic River levels began to level off — but then the rain began to drum down steadily again on Sunday afternoon.


This photo from the website www.gypsymothalert.com in New Jersey shows female gypsy moths laying egg masses. Photo from Gypsy Moth Alert

What to do as the gypsy moths lay their eggs

Those large brown moths that seem to be everywhere right now are the next life stage of those same caterpillars that defoliated acres of trees in the Northwest Corner earlier this summer.

Yes, the gypsy moth caterpillars are all grown up now and are laying egg masses in preparation for next year.


Katya, one of 14 participants at the Saturday, June 26, program, carefully patted the soil after a plant was introduced to Native American garden right next to the sensory garden. Photo by Tia Maggio

Three Sisters Garden takes root at Roe Jan Library

COPAKE — Greenagers Education Coordinator Aretha Whitehead helped young patrons of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library anchor a trellis in their newly installed Three Sisters Garden, which is a kind of traditional Native American garden that grows three main staple crops: Corn, Squash and Beans.

Copake joins lawsuit against the state over renewable energy projects

COPAKE — As of Tuesday, June 29, the town of Copake joined five other rural New York towns and seven state organizations in a lawsuit against New York State to challenge the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) to overturn regulations that set the standard uniform conditions applicable to all renewable energy projects in the state.


In previous seasons, the lake at Wilcox Memorial Park off Route 199 in Milan offered Dutchess County residents and their families a local spot to cool off during the summer heat waves. Unfortunately, the swimming area will be closed this season due to the ongoing issue with blue-green algae blooms. Photo courtesy Dutchess County

Blue-green algae blooms trouble in waters at Wilcox Park, causing lake to close for summer

MILAN — With the heat wave that’s swept through the Harlem Valley in the last week or two, residents have been doing everything they can to beat the heat, including heading to their local beach for a refreshing swim.


Photo by Tia Maggio

Fun at the Farmers Market

This young artist was dressed for a summer’s day when she recently shared the artwork she created at the Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market under the direction of Roeliff Jansen Library’s Children and Youth Services Associate Tia Maggio.

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