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Celebrating his success with his family, Anthony Cordato, center, was awarded the Most Outstanding Cupcake award for the men’s category and the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Cupcake Grange. Photo submitted

How sweet it is!

COPAKE — For one sweet summer afternoon, the Copake Grange was transformed into the Cupcake Grange for a fundraiser organized by the Friends of Copake Grange to benefit the Grange on Sunday, June 12.

These chickens are strong and healthy, but their keeper remains on the lookout for the avian flu to make sure the flock remains so and does not catch the highly pathogenic avian flu. Photo submitted

Avian flu remains a concern in the Hudson Valley

HUDSON VALLEY — The highly pathogenic avian flu continues to cost an enormous amount of money and caused a great deal of fear in the United States, and right here in the Hudson Valley. According to the World Health Organization (WHO),  the first case of human H5N1 avian flu in the United States was first reported on April 28.

The new owners of the landmark Ellsworth Farm in Sharon are Graham Stanton, at left, and Kristy Foss and their daughter, Lieve. Photo by Leila Hawken

Ellsworth Farm’s new owners value land restoration, community

Expecting to write a new chapter in the history of the Ellsworth Farm, Kristy Foss and Graham Stanton are the new stewards of the 76 acres of land that comprise the old farm.

“It’s been a family farm for a long time,” Foss said during an interview on Monday, June 13, remembering past generations of owners.

Revving their engines, area motorcyclists could be seen riding around the town of Dover as part of VFW Post 5444’s Poker Run on Saturday, June 4. Photo submitted

Vets, hogs, cards and BBQ… a fast and fun VFW fundraiser

DOVER — Revving their motors for a rollicking time, area motorcyclists were invited to play their poker hands at the Dover Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 5444’s Poker Run on Saturday, June 4.

It was all in the name of a good cause as the VFW’s relief fund went to help Post 5444’s veterans in need.

Celebrating National Dairy Month in June, Elm Knoll Farm in East Canaan has stationed calves on the lawn under big umbrellas so anyone can pet a Holstein. Photo by John Coston

Take time to pet a Holstein calf, or two

EAST CANAAN — David Jacquier of Elm Knoll Farm decided to celebrate National Dairy Month in June by bringing his calves to the people.

Showcased on a stretch of lawn next to the farm house on Route 44, Jacquier has stationed his calves under colorful umbrellas and encourages passersby to stop and pet a Holstein.

A sign of the times along Route 7 in North Canaan where  Geer Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has a sign recruiting for nursing positions. Photo by John Coston

Demand for nurses is urgent

This year’s nursing school graduates matriculated before the pandemic took hold, and over the course of their studies, they’ve seen the profession go through an upheaval.

Enjoying the fruits of their labor on Saturday, June 4, organizers of the first-ever Stanford Pride Day were, from left, back row, Donnie Roberts, Lynn Massimo, Betsy Pugh, Carlos Parreira, Steve Bruman and Geneva Simms (with son Lux) and front row, from left, Diane Duffus, Lynn Tondrick and Tom Ambler. Photo submitted

Harlem Valley stands with LGBTQ community: Stanford Pride Day has strong showing of support

STANFORDVILLE — Stanford Pride held its first annual Pride event on Saturday, June 4, starting 12:30 p.m. at the Stanford Town Hall, with a reading of a Proclamation by Deputy Director of Constituency Affairs Matthew McMorrow. He proclaimed the month of June to officially be Pride Month in the state of New York and in the town of Stanford.

Acting Dutchess County Sheriff Kirk Imperati, left, and Chair of the Dutchess County Legislature Gregg Pulver (R-19), attended the Dutchess County’s Office for the Aging and County Executive Marc Molinaro’s Senior Picnic on Wednesday, June 1, in the Wingdale hamlet of the town of Dover, where they mixed and mingled with seniors from Amenia, Dover, Pawling, Union Vale, Wassaic and Wingdale. Photo submitted

Seniors picnic at Boyce Park to celebrate summer 2022

WINGDALE — Dutchess County’s Office for the Aging along with County Executive Marc Molinaro’s Office are again hosting the annual Senior Picnic program. This year, for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, those enjoying the free afternoon meals are able to do so in person.


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