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The weather was gray and gloomy on Saturday, April 13, when several towns hosted their annual Easter egg hunts. None of the children seemed to care. They weren’t looking up at the sky, their eyes were locked on the ground and the colorful plastic eggs scattered across the lawns of the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, Lawrence Field in North Canaan and the lawns in front of and behind Town Hall in Kent (children under 5 were in front of the municipal building, children 6 and older were in back).

There were tall, furry white rabbits at North Canaan and Kent, available...

Regional News

When winter hits: How utility companies restore power

HUDSON VALLEY — When storms hit, children may celebrate snow days and home owners may just grumble as they spend time digging out, but in the worst-case scenarios, foul weather can mean power outages, with all the accompanying headaches. 
For the workers at Central Hudson Gas and Electric, even the hint of bad weather means one thing: action.
Although weather forecasting is far from an exact science, before there may even be a cloud in the sky, potential emergencies are evaluated and an emergency plan implemented.

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Superintendent Award recipients in Region One School District in 2019

The Lakeville Journal congratulates this year’s Region One School District Superintendent Award winners. The elementary-age students are in eighth grade; the Housatonic Valley Regional High School students are seniors. The student descriptions, below, are provided by the schools. 

 

Lily Najdek

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Nature springs to life, even with March snow

In Kent, Lakeville Journal photographer Lans Christensen snapped this baby goat poking its head over the fence at South Kent School’s Center for Innovation on Wednesday, March 6.
In Sharon, John Brett and Jane Strong shared this photo of a North American river otter that they photographed in the pond near their home, on Monday, March 11. “It was munching down on a fish he/she had caught,” Brett reported. “This is the second year in a row this magnificent creature has stopped by for a brief stay.” 

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Area schools honor student achievements

The Region One schools have announced the names of students who have earned the annual Superintendent   Award. 
Region One and other districts in the state recognize one student at each elementary school and two at the high school, honor them with a certificate of excellence and celebrate their achievement at a dinner. The awards are based on community service and service to others; academic excellence (relative to the student’s ability); and leadership service to the school community. 

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Shimmering prisms and portents

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Molinaro states the county is solid, dynamic and strong

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Dutchess County — The head of the county presented his 2019 State of the County address on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. More than 500 people attended. What follows is a summation of what Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, and how he thinks residents throughout the region are faring.

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Berkshire Taconic scholarships deadline is March 15

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation scholarship applications are due Friday, March 15. Apply online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/Scholarships.
The Andrea Wagner Women in Science Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to female students who are currently enrolled at a four-year college and majoring in natural or physical science or engineering.

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(Striped) hats off to reading fun

A group of students in kindergarten to second grade from Cornwall Consolidated School visited the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village on Friday, March 1, to take part in a Cat in the Hat program.
With everybody settled, LHK teacher Robin Faust (sporting her own distinctive red-and-white striped hat) explained the goals to the 40-odd children:
“I can celebrate ‘Read Across America’ by making a hat and enjoying a book with my new friends.”
And: “I can problem solve by working collaboratively with others.”

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Kicking off garden season with plant shopping and design

GOSHEN — March might seem like a dud month for gardening, with its short days and frozen soil. With spring edging closer, this month is actually perfect for one of the most exciting parts of caring for land: imagining potential and setting a plan in motion.
One of the best tools our region has to offer gardeners in their winter visioning is the Northwest Conservation District’s web store, which went live on Feb. 18 at www.nwcd.org. 

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Telling the family story

A perc of being a newsman or local historian is you get to meet a lot of interesting people and sometimes gain access that gives surprising results.
Various of my writings have explored the black experience in South Berkshire County, Mass. Through my research into the story of Great Barrington native William E.B. Du Bois, I got to know his adopted son, the late David Graham Du Bois, and his great-grandson, Arthur McFarlane II of Colorado. And last week, I enjoyed a dinner with another great-grandson, Jeff Peck of Houston, Texas.

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