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SPCA golf tourney raises $32,000

HYDE PARK — The Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DCSPCA) held its third annual Dr. Peter Poggi Memorial Golf Tournament at Dutchess Golf Club on Monday, July 18. The event raised $32,000 to support the work of the Dutchess County SPCA. Steven Crew, D.V.M. received the DCSPCA’s Dr. Peter Poggi Award for excellence in veterinary care.
Crew serves on the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County SPCA. He also is on the Board of Directors of the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Hudson Valley.

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Thomas Berlinghoff Golf Tournament

PLEASANT VALLEY — The 4th Annual Thomas Berlinghoff Memorial Golf Tournament took place at the James Baird State Park Golf Course in Pleasant Valley on Friday, July 29. Berlinghoff suddenly passed away four years ago from a brain aneurism. The tournament was created by the Webutuck graduate’s family and friends in his honor; the funds helped build a soccer scoreboard at Webutuck High School. Once that project was completed the funds then started a scholarship for Webutuck athletes pursuing college degrees.

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Harlem Valley welcomes 796 cyclists

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

MILLERTON — Road bikes, mountain bikes, high-performance touring bikes, recumbent bikes and fixed-speed bikes alike dotted Eddie Collins Field in Millerton on Sunday, July 24, as 796 cyclists of all ages geared up to participate in the Harlem Valley Rail Ride.
Participants enjoyed diverse views of some of the valley’s most scenic panoramas while cycling on either a 25-mile, 50-mile, 75-mile or a 100-mile bike route.
All four routes included a stretch of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in Copake.
The morning’s showers didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the participants.

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Golfers ‘chip’ in for charity

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

BOSTON CORNER — The Undermountain Golf Course hosted the Adopt-A-Family Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 16, to raise money for the popular holiday charity.
The Adopt-A-Family program provides clothing, toys and other Christmas presents to families who are struggling to make ends meet. The program has also expanded to give food, eyeglasses and summer camp tuition to some families in need.
Last year, the program gave Christmas presents to 325 children, half of whom were “adopted out,” or personally taken care of by an individual or business.

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Monarchs head to playoffs despite loss

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

AMENIA — The Amenia Monarchs were defeated in a high-scoring game against the Bristol Greeners on Sunday, July 24, the Monarchs’ last game before the playoffs begin. They lost 12-8.
Despite the loss of the last game, the Monarchs will still be playing in the playoffs. They secured their place with a 5-4 win over the Terryville Black Sox on Thursday, July 21.
On Sunday, the Monarchs hit the only two home runs. The first was hit early in the game by Tommy Moore. The second was hit by Jimmy Robertson.
Left-fielder Joe Flynn also made several difficult catches.

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Gearing up for the Harlem Valley Rail Ride

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

MILLERTON — The annual Harlem Valley Rail Ride will kick off on Sunday, July 24, beginning and ending at the Eddie Collins Field in Millerton.
Participants will cycle through the countryside on 25-, 50-, 75- or 100-mile routes. All routes include a 4-mile stretch on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and take participants over hilly terrain through some of the most scenic areas in the valley.
More information about the ride may   be found on the website, www.harlemvalleyrailride.com.

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Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials this weekend

MILLBROOK — There are horse trials and then there is Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials. Their slogan is Ride It If You Can. Competitors know that the courses are challenging — and spectators know that makes for exciting sport.

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Wading through the Wappinger Creek

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MILLBROOK — Thursday, July 7, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) brought an environmentally-friendly and cost-free event to the public. In celebration of Dutchess County Watershed Awareness Month, the two entities hosted a celebratory walk for Wappinger Creek Week.
People of all ages gathered at the Cary Institute’s Gifford House for a hike along the Wappinger Creek Trail. Participants hiked down to the Wappinger Creek with boots on their feet and nets in their hands, led by volunteers from the Cornell Cooperative.

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Harlem Valley rail ride

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MILLERTON — Cyclists who have been watching the televised coverage of the Tour de France recently are no doubt itching to hit the area hills themselves, suited up and surrounded by a large pack of other enthusiasts.
They’ll have their chance to do just that on Sunday, July 24, in the eighth annual Harlem Valley Rail Ride. Participants will start at Eddie Collins Field on Route 22 and can choose from four different routes, ranging from a 25-mile trek along rolling hills, to a 100-mile ride (also known as a century) that includes some serious slopes, including one that’s nearly 1,709 feet.

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Stissing Sprint has second successful year

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PINE PLAINS — The second annual Stissing Sprint Triathlon was held Saturday, July 2.
More than 100 athletes ranging from age 16 to 69 competed in the three-part race. Participants came from as far away as Virginia and Washington, D.C., to participate.
Michael Sikorski of New York City won this year with a time of 1:21:5.59. He placed fifth last year.
Sikorski ran track and cross-country in high school and college, but switched to competing in triathlons after an injury. He trains for triathlons from spring to fall, but prefers playing ice hockey during the winter.

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