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GOSHEN —  Town leaders who were at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, expressed their concerns about three bills currently being deliberated in the state Legislature.

The first proposed bill SB-454 was introduced in January by Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-11) and, if passed, would create a commission to implement the regional consolidation of school districts.

The commission would develop a plan to realign school districts that have a total student population of fewer than 40,000 students, except for regional...

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North East works to line up grants

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NORTH EAST— The town of North East has a long list of projects and purchases it would like to accomplish — the issue, as for most municipalities, is where to get the money to afford them. That’s where grants come into the picture.
The Town Board discussed a number of those possible purchases and projects, and the grant applications that could make them possible, at a meeting on Thursday, June 14.

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Help for those who feel there is no hope

The news of two high-profile suicides in recent weeks coincided with a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of suicides in half of the U.S. has gone up by 30 percent since 1999. 
Connecticut’s suicide rate increased by 19.2 percent between 1999 and 2016. 
According to the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in 1999 there were 283 suicides in Connecticut.

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Lakeville studio a center for health and wellness

LAKEVILLE — There is a new option for substance abuse counseling and treatment in Lakeville. 
Lighthouse Counseling Center, with its office at 9 Millerton Road, offers individual and group therapy related to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Jason Sherman and Steve Haley are the two credentialed counselors at Lighthouse, which is located above the fitness center and restaurant at Studio Lake-ville. (Sherman is married to the owner of Studio Lakeville, Leslie Allmand-Sherman.)

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The Wassaic Project: Summer Benefit honors inaugural chairman, Janet Offensend

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WASSAIC— The Wassaic Project commemorated a milestone at its 10th Annual Summer Benefit on Saturday, June 16.

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Big and little rigs

Rowan Flint, 3, took the wheel under the watchful eye of his mother, Christina Memoli-Flint, at Housatonic Child Care Center’s annual Big Rig Vendor and Bake Sale event Sunday June 10. In addition to the big rigs, children painted, played games and jumped in a bounce house.

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KeyBank plans to close Millerton branch

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NORTH EAST — Tucked away at 135 Route 44, the Millerton branch of KeyBank will be closing on Friday, Aug. 31, and all accounts will be automatically consolidated with the bank’s Pleasant Valley branch at 1609 Main Street in Pleasant Valley.
With their accounts transferring to Pleasant Valley, customers have the option of accessing their accounts through the branch as well as through their phones, online and at other KeyBank branches. 

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Town Board discusses abandoned property, proposed fee changes

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WASHINGTON— At the Thursday, May 10, meeting of the Town Board, the first item of business was a complaint regarding a vacant/abandoned property at 303 Milewood Road. The complaint said that the brush and weeds were overgrown and that garbage was strewn around; the property is and has been uncared for, for a period of time. It’s on record as being owned by the bank, Select Portfolio Servicing.

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Copake Town Board accepts $40K grant for local revitalization projects

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COPAKE — The Copake Town Board unanimously voted to accept a $40,000 grant from the New York Department of State in January to fund a plan that will evaluate and propose projects related to waterfront and hamlet revitalization.

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Book Buddies head to the Harlem Valley

HARLEM VALLEY—  Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley will be expanding its successful Book Buddies program into northeastern Dutchess County this fall, launching new initiatives at Webutuck Elementary School in Amenia and Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center in Pine Plains.  
Literacy Connections is holding an information session for interested community members and potential volunteers on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Round Tuit restaurant, 5523 Route 22, Millerton.

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Fire and ice

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