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HARLEM VALLEY — While the time for making New Year’s resolutions may have passed, it’s never too late to start thinking about how to contribute to one’s community. For those looking for a chance to give back to the communities that have nurtured them, the Harlem Valley is brimming with local organizations that have opened their doors to people interested in volunteering. Below is a smattering of some volunteer opportunities.

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The North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton takes pride in its volunteers and the vital role they play in the...

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Brian Peacock takes over Dad’s Diner

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COPAKE FALLS — Nestled at 178 County Route 7A in Copake, the familiar brick Dad’s Diner saw longtime employee Brian Peacock take over as owner earlier this year.
A resident of Copake since he was 18, Peacock began working at Dad’s Diner around the time he first moved to the area. Starting out as a dishwasher, he soon learned how to operate the diner through the different ranks, advancing from prep cook to kitchen manager to now, owner.

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Hudson Valley women celebrated

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HUDSON VALLEY — Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106) released and distributed copies of the fifth volume of “Women’s History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties.” The release came on the heels of March’s Women’s History Month.

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Board discusses grants, landfill and donations

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board had a full agenda at its meeting on Thursday, May 10. 
First, according to Town Supervisor George Kaye the next day, town Councilman Chris Kennan announced the village of Millerton has taken the pledge to be a Climate Smart Community. North East took a similar pledge in February. Millerton’s move will help the town when pursuing future grants; often the town and village seek joint grants, which improves the chances of their success.

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Farmers market season begins

The farmers market season begins this weekend in the Northwest Corner with the opening of markets in Kent, Cornwall and Salisbury. 
Kent opens on Friday, May 18, in its new location at 9 South Main St., just south of the traffic light on Route 7 and across the street from NAPA Auto Parts. The hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. After June 2, the market will also be open on Saturdays. 

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Creativity flourishes again at the Wassaic Project

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WASSAIC — The theme for exhibitions and installations at the Wassaic Project is the “Change of State.” 
The season for the art community began on a chilly Saturday, May 12, with the annual Community Day and Summer Exhibition.
The Summer Exhibition at Maxon Mills featured more than 50 artists. 

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Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue celebrates new indoor arena

DOVER PLAINS— Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue recently honored the generosity of the numerous donors who helped finance a new indoor riding arena, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 4.
“There are 51 horses on the farm and the rescue is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue owner Deanna Mancuso.

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Duck Watch

SALISBURY —  Scott Whalen came back for a visit to his hometown last week and spent a good deal of time at Lakeville’s town Grove and beach. 
While there, he said, “I spotted a small diving duck in its breeding plumage — but this little fella doesn’t breed anywhere near here.”

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2018 Tri-State Chamber of Commerce

The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce has announced its board of directors and slate of officers for 2018. Above, front row left to right, President Jean Saliter, Vice President Mary Wilbur and Bianca Martin; back row left to right, John Lannen, Secretary Janet Manko, Marie Castagna, Treasurer and Administrator Susan Dickinson. Since 2004, the Tri-State Chamber has been serving the businesses, nonprofits and townships of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. For more information on the Chamber, go to www.tristatechamber.com.

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Town Board meetings now online

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NORTH EAST — It’s a wrap on the purchase and installation of a video camera and updated sound system at the North East Town Hall. For two years, Councilman John Midwood has been working to get video recordings of Town Board meetings online. He even campaigned on the issue before taking office.
On Friday, April 13, the first Town Board meeting was officially recorded. It’s now on a new Facebook page, Town of North East, NY, which Midwood created just for that purpose.

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Cricket Valley Energy Center discussed beyond the state line

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SHERMAN, Conn. — With plans for the construction of Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) in Dover underway, the Sherman Conservation Commission organized a science-based seminar “Cricket Valley Power Plant’s Impact on Western Connecticut” on Sunday, April 8, to keep the public informed of the power plant’s potential health and environmental impacts.

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