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Ralph Simmons, owner of The Country Postman, and front of the store manager Shyla Winters held copies of Ukrainian flags, one with a sunflower, one without. They have sold almost 550 of the flags; a portion of the proceeds have allowed Simmons to make two large donations to help war victims in Ukraine. Photo by Judith O'Hara Balfe

Country Postman waves flag for Ukraine

SALT POINT — Blue and yellow flags seem to be popping up all over Millbrook lawns like sunflowers in the summertime these days, the national flower of the Ukrainian people the flags represent. They are especially prevalent along Franklin Avenue, as well as in the nearby village of Millerton and throughout the Harlem Valley.

Anne Bowen spotted a lineup of bears near the Rail Trail in Salisbury on Wednesday, March 16. Photo By Anne Bowen

Get your bears in a row

Spring-like weather has awakened the region’s bears from their winter slumber. Like their human neighbors, many of them are going out for family walks near area rail trails. Anne Bowen of Salisbury snapped this photo on Wednesday, March 16.

The Farmington River received federal Wild and Scenic status in 1994. The Route 318 bridge spans the West Branch of the Farmington in Barkhamsted. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

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A class above the rest

The 20 officers from seven different agencies who graduated as part of the 25th session of the Dutchess County Law Enforcement Academy Basic Course for Police Officers on Friday, March 11, were a part of “the most diverse group of graduates in the history of the Dutchess County Law Enforcement Academy,” according to Dutchess County Actin


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