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Young patrons from the Roeliff Jansen Community Library in Copake participated in the Columbia Land Conservancy’s (CLC) ponds and streams program on Saturday morning, Oct. 4, thanks to a program led by CLC teacher Jenifer Rosete and coordinated with Roe Jan Children’s Librarian Tia Maggio. Photo by Tia Maggio

Roe Jan Library teams up with CLC as young readers explore ponds & streams

COPAKE — The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) led a program to explore ponds and streams on Saturday  morning, Oct. 4, in collaboration with Children’s Librarian Tia Maggio from the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.


Photo by Mark Niedhammer

Osprey spotted

Photographer and former Lakeville Journal Co. Classified Ad Manager Mark Niedhammer snapped this photo of  an osprey last week. “He’s eating a fresh fish dinner caught on Indian Lake,” Niedhammer reported; look carefully at the bird’s talons to see what that dinner looked like.


Volunteers at Sharon Audubon help in myriad ways, including  helping care for the Chimney Swifts, above. Photo Courtesy Sharon Audubon

Volunteering at Audubon in all seasons

There are infinite ways to get involved in the community by volunteering. Many volunteer opportunities are geared toward helping our friends and neighbors, during the good times in their lives (child care, ski jumping) and the hard times (food pantries, medical assistance).


Part of the sneakiness of poison ivy is that it’s hard to recognize, even though (of course) there are always three leaves. This small patch was photographed in August; the leaves were green not red (as sometimes happens). Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Leaves of three, let it be, or ‘you’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion’

One of many memorable pop novelty songs from the 1950s, “Poison Ivy” was particularly memorable for those with first-hand experience with this plant’s insufferable itch.


Beginning at 2 p.m., Gallatin Community Church began its celebration of joining the National Historic Register with a concert held inside the church. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle​

Gallatin Community Church: Celebrating inclusion on National Historic Register

GALLATIN — The spirited history of the Gallatin Community Church (formerly known as the Gallatin Reformed Church) came to light on Sunday, Oct. 3, as its parishioners and community members were invited to join together in celebration of the church’s inclusion in the National Historic Register.


Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 29, of unknown causes at his home in Pawling. Photo courtesy Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

Dutchess County mourns passing of Sheriff ‘Butch’ Anderson

PAWLING — After more than 50 years of keeping the residents of the Hudson Valley safe, Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at his Pawling home. 

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