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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.

All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“We are determined to live our life in that special New York way,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims…...

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Allison Zelman weds Max Lesko

Allison Lee Zelman and Max Schaetzel Lesko were married atThe ​​Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm in Lakeville​ on Sept. 23, 2017. The wedding was officiated by the couple’s friend, Noland Chambliss.
Ms. Zelman, who grew up in Lakeville and attended Salisbury Central, Indian Mountain and the Berkshire School, is a daughter of Dr. Jared Zelman and Dr. Pamela Chassin of Lakeville. Mr. Lesko is a son of Wendy Schaetzel and Matthew Lesko of Kensington, Md.

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Winchester BOE on its own and moving forward

WINCHESTER — Doug Pfenninger, who has helped usher the Winchester Board of Education out of state receivership, was elected chairman again as the new board members were seated at a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
The new board was formed following the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Newly elected to the board were Shana Devaux, Cheryl Heffernan and Jamie Duffy. Re-elected to the board are Christine Royer, Michelle Hintz and Alexandria Propfe.

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In case you missed it: State cedes control of Winchester schools

WINCHESTER — It has been a year of continuous change in the Winchester School District.
The school district oversees and controls the two public schools in the area: Batcheller Early Education Center for children in pre-kindergarten to second grade and Pearson Middle School for students in grades three to six.
In late June, the state Department of Education, on behalf of the Winchester School District, signed a three-year contract between the district and Superintendent Melony Brady-Shanley, a West Hartland resident. 

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In case you missed it Herbicide bill will help protect plants, trees

The efforts of state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) to get more control for towns over herbicides and pesticides sprayed along the Housatonic Railroad rights-of-way paid off when Ohler’s stand-alone bill was incorporated into the spending plan for the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT budget plan passed on the final night of the regular session of the Legislature.

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Spirits high at fundraiser for Norfolk Curling Club

NORFOLK —The Norfolk Curling Club held its fourth annual Wine on Ice fundraiser at its clubhouse on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Wine and liquor were provided by Ledgebrook Spirit Shop, C&P Village Imports and Skurnik Wines; food was provided by club members.
A silent auction included work donated by artist Bill Graulty and photographer Susan Poirier. Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines and other businesses and individuals also donated items for the auction.

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Moratorium on solar energy moves forward

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WASHINGTON — Newly re-elected town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the Nov. 9 meeting to a large crowd. Many were there to talk about the future of solar farms in the town.
Councilmen Mike Murphy and Al DeBonis, who are on a committee studying solar power and how it’s used in other municipalities, gave a broad overview of what they have learned.
The pair pointed out that there are many differences between solar energy for individual households and solar energy used commercially.

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Soldier who served under Patton at ceremony

LAKEVILLE — Among the veterans who came to Salisbury Central School on Thursday, Nov. 9, for a Veterans Day assembly was Bub Pitcher of Sharon, who was in the Army under General George S. Patton and recently turned 101.
Also on hand was Betty Hodgkins, a Navy nurse during World War II.

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County and town leaders chosen in 2017 elections

Harlem Valley — All across New York, including the Harlem Valley, registered voters came out to cast their ballots for their local, county and state officials, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Below are the results. 

A few new faces in a generally quiet election year

In the Nov. 7 municipal elections, two first selectmen who retired this year were elected to the Region One Board of Education: Pat Mechare of Canaan/Falls Village and Doug Humes of North Canaan.

Annual Trail Day celebrated

PAWLING — In celebration of the Appalachian Trail and the Harlem Valley Community, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and National Parks Conservation Association co-hosted this year’s HVATC Trail Day on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Native Landscapes and Garden Center in Pawling. 
Special guests and exhibitors from around the state attended, and many participated in a two-hour round trip hike from the Appalachian Trail Boardwalk to Dover Oak. They were also encouraged to learn more about the Trail Maintenance Project. 

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