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October storm strikes, many lose power

HARLEM VALLEY — Residents throughout the Northeast got more trick than treat thanks to a late October storm that wiped out power for hundreds of thousands along the East Coast — leaving them without light and heat for days on end.

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Harlem Valley prepares to vote

Election Day approaches
editor@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and voters around the region have a plethora of candidates to choose from among the numerous local races.
North East
In the town of North East there are a number of positions up for election, including town supervisor, two town councilmen positions, town clerk and town justice.
Incumbent town Supervisor Dave Sherman is seeking re-election (running on the Democratic and Republican lines); he is facing challenger John Merwin (on the North East United line).

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Once the electricity returns, snowfall will be forgotten

Tri-state residents cope with surprise October storm
patricks@lakevillejournal.com, editor@millertonnews.com

A severe and unusual October snowstorm clobbered the Tri-state region Saturday, Oct. 29, leaving the six towns of the Region One School District and some parts of nearby Dutchess County without power or reliable communications.
By the time the power went out for good in Lakeville, at 11 p.m., reports online indicated that most of the area was already in the dark. Lakeville was one of the last places in the area to lose power.

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Bad time to be a tree

Certainly conditions were difficult for residents of the Tri-state region following Saturday’s surprise snowstorm, which denied most businesses and residents of heat, hot water, electricity, communications and more for several days. But the snowstorm was particularly devastating for trees and shrubs,many of which were killed by the wet, heavy snow that blanketed their limbs with weight they could not bear.

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National energy issues strike locally

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

DOVER — Energy resources, vital to our industries, businesses and lifestyles, are frequently at the center of public debate and the Indian Point Energy Center nuclear power plant and Cricket Valley Energy natural gas power plant are no exceptions.
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., 38 miles north of New York City, has been in operation since the 1970s. Two of the plant’s licenses will come up for renewal in 2013 and 2015. Indian Point generates roughly 2,000 megawatts of electricity and is the source of around 30 percent of New York City’s power.

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Running for 5th District Congressional seat

Roraback sounds off on national issues
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

GOSHEN — State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) announced Oct. 20 that he is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Murphy (D-5).
With the announcement (made at the town hall in his home town of Goshen), Roraback ended months of speculation over whether he would try for the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District, which includes the Northwest Corner (including Torrington) and extends east to the cities of Waterbury, New Britain and Meriden, and south to Danbury.
Roraback delivered a brisk speech explaining why he has decided to run.

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Candidate Profiles

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

This week, The Lakeville Journal offers profiles of candidates in each town for the boards of selectmen and the Region One Board of Education (except in Cornwall and Kent, where the representative is appointed). Information in the profiles was provided by the candidates, at the newspaper’s request. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order on the individual town pages.

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Schools honor student achievements

Region One schools this week 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 the high school honor them with a certificate of excellence and celebrate their achievement at a dinner (held this year on Nov. 18 at the Cornucopia in Torrington). 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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Rail Trail receives grant

HILLSDALE — The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation as part of the $40,655 matching funds required for a $121,965 planning and design grant that was awarded by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The grant will fund preliminary designs and final construction plans for the new stretch of trail from Copake Falls through the hamlet of Hillsdale.

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FEMA compensates for storm losses

arvolynh@millertonnews.com

DUTCHESS COUNTY — On Aug. 26, the Department of Homeland Security issued a major disaster declaration for New York state as a way to deal with the devastation left behind Hurricane Irene. Counties across the state were declared a major disaster by President Obama, including Dutchess County.

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