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Rob Phillips (above) will be the executive director of the the Northwest Hills Council of Governments, replacing Rick Lynn, who is retiring. Photo submitted

Change of leadership at COG

GOSHEN — Rick Lynn has retired after 33 years as executive director of the former Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials and then the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG, which includes the six Northwest Corner towns).

The Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (NDCC) has extended an invitation to middle and high school students to take an active role in local addiction prevention by joining its youth leadership committee. Pictured here are two high school seniors who participated in the Vaping is Exploding event held at the Red Hook Community Center in northeastern Dutchess County in March 2019, during which time the students kept Red Hook residents informed about the dangers of vaping. Photo submitted

Coalition wants students to make healthy choices, live healthy lives

HARLEM VALLEY — Local youth aspiring to make a worthwhile impact in their communities are being sought  after by the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (NDCC), which is currently looking for students to take an active role in local addiction prevention by joining the coalition’s youth leadership committee.

There is an infestation this year of gypsy moth caterpillars, which are eating all the leaves on every tree they can find (oaks are their favorite, but they will strip any tree that is available and has leaves). Photo by Kathy O’Flinn

The attack of the killer gypsy moth

Most years, we are inundated in summer with photos of bears. This year, my email inbox is full of photos of destructive, furry gypsy moth caterpillars. Several photos are dramatic before-and-afters, where a tree (usually an oak) is fully leafed one day, and completely stripped the next day.


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