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STANDFORDVILLE — When the new Stanford Free Library officially opened its doors on Aug. 3, it was thanks to dozens of citizens who have supported the effort for nearly a decade and a half. 

According to both Library Director Arlene Christensen and Board President Mark Williams, the proud day was the culmination of a 14 year community wide effort that involved residents — both full and part time — whose donations of time, effort and resources made it all happen. Of the first day Christensen said, “We had a great turnout. Everyone is singing our praises....

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Harlem Valley candidates vie for a place on the ballot

kaitlinl@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — Though Election Day is months away, candidates already have their sights set on getting onto the ballot. Local Republican and Democratic committees across the Harlem Valley have been holding caucuses, and filling out petitions. No local primaries were held. 
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The songs of summer 2019

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

What are the qualities that, for you, make an ideal Song of Summer? 

I’m not enough of a musician to explain why I like what I like; all I can say is that I like music that makes me feel like I’m 20 years old and driving to a beach in southern California. 

A bittersweet adventure, as Catherine’s becomes Mielke’s

GREAT BARRINGTON — In the movie “Forrest Gump,” Tom Hanks’ character metaphorically compares life to a box of chocolates. “You never know what you’re gonna get.”
For Steven and Trent Kinney of Lenox, Mass., life unexpectedly led them from piloting attack helicopters to working with a whole lot of chocolate. An entire chocolate shop, to be exact.

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Torrington Savings Bank VP graduates

TORRINGTON — Kim Brown, Vice President of Residential Lending at Torrington Savings Bank, has recently graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 
ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking is the preeminent executive management school of the financial services industry.  The three-year program teaches recognizing challenges and implementing solutions in the everchanging business climate. 

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Taming your tomato plants

Pruning tomato plants can lead to bigger fruit and plants that are less susceptible to diseases like early blight and septoria leaf spot. 
The process is relatively simple once you understand how the plant is growing. And it can actually be pretty fun, after you get over the discomfort of removing some of the growth your plants have worked so hard to put on. 

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Up a tree and loving it

SALISBURY — Mike Abram of Lime Rock sent a particularly entertaining video showing a mother bear out for a walk on  Wednesday, June 26. Her four cubs stopped to climb a couple of trees before the family plunged into the nearby wetlands. The photo above is extracted from the mini movie; to see the entire film, click here.

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MacGyvering

Things do seem to come in threes. Bad things more often than good. 
This spring, it was nothing really serious. Mechanical failures, mostly.
The spin cycle in the Hotpoint washing machine began picketing then went on strike. No way was I going to dismantle the thing or call a repairman. It was old. It was time for a new machine.

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Three learn newspaper ropes as summer interns

The Lakeville Journal concontinutes its student reporter internship program this summer with two college students and one rising high school senior. Participants in the next three weeks will learn the rudiments of reporting, research, news writing and page layout.

Gabriella Collin

By Shane Stampfle

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Man identified from fatal car fire

COPAKE — Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett disclosed the name of the victim in the fatal car fire in the town of Copake that happened on Friday, June 14. 
“Thirty two year old Rudy Martinez of 543 North Mountain Road in the town of Copake died when the vehicle he was sitting in caught fire. Martinez’s dog also perished in the fire,” stated the Sheriff’s Office press release. 

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Salad season is on the wane

Vegetable gardeners are getting plenty of vitamins, phytochemicals and fiber at this time of year with leafy greens at peak performance. 
The salad bar abundance won’t last long though, with summer’s fast approach. Radishes are starting to elongate at the juncture between root and leaf; many lettuce varieties will soon develop a woody stem in the center and a bitterness to their taste; spinach leaves are beginning to grow the pointy leaves that portend a flower stalk. 

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