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NEW YORK STATE — Dutchess County voters cast their ballots in this year’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at polling places throughout the Harlem Valley.

All across the county, voters visited their local polling place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to vote for state and county officials. Some had local elections as well. While they each had different opinions of the candidates running, they shared a similar thoughts about having their voices heard.

Millerton resident Lauren Astor said, “This is the way our voices are heard and it’s an important time...

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‘The end of the beginning’ at the Catholic Church

LAKEVILLE— Challenges and opportunities of a changing culture are in the thoughts of Father Iaian Highet six months after a merger combined three area Roman Catholic parishes into one on June 29.
The merger combined local parishes of Norfolk, North Canaan, and Lakeville into a single entity, St. Martin of Tours.
“We are responding to cultural shifts that have been happening for the past 50 years,” Highet said, describing the church’s need to respond to those changes.

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Proposals sought for Taconic DDSO

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WASSAIC— After issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) last spring, Empire State Development (ESD) plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) this year for the disposition and redevelopment of the remaining section of the former Wassaic Developmental Center.
The primary goal of the RFEI was to solicit ideas that would advance public policy goals while maximizing economic benefits to both the Harlem Valley and New York State. 

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North East Town Board reorganizes for 2018

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NORTH EAST— The Town Board kicked off the new year by hosting its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Starting at 3 p.m., the meeting drew in a tidy group of 10 and was brought to order by town Supervisor George Kaye. 
In his introductory remarks, Kaye recognized Councilmen Jim Campbell and Steven Merwin, both Republicans, as retiring board members and expressed appreciation for their service. He also welcomed Chris Kennan and Ralph Fedele, both Democrats, as the board’s newest members.

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North East Town Board reorganizes for 2018

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NORTH EAST— The Town Board kicked off the new year by hosting its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Starting at 3 p.m., the meeting drew in a tidy group of 10 and was brought to order by town Supervisor George Kaye. 
In his introductory remarks, Kaye recognized Councilmen Jim Campbell and Steven Merwin, both Republicans, as retiring board members and expressed appreciation for their service. He also welcomed Chris Kennan and Ralph Fedele, both Democrats, as the board’s newest members.

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Looking back at 2017 The year in review

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Part I
HARLEM VALLEY — Another year has come and gone, and from the ordinary to the extraordinary, The Millerton News has been there to record and report news from the region. With all the possibilities for 2018 on the horizon, now seems the ideal time to reflect on top stories from 2017.
January
Early winter, 2017, a series of anti-Semitic posters was found on local telephone poles and at businesses throughout the region. Calls to quell hate crime in the region resounded.

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Send us your snow dogs

We may be staying snug inside by the fire, but that doesn’t mean our dogs aren’t still ready to venture out into the cold! E-mail your best photo of your beloved pet exploring the winter wonderland to editor@lakevillejournal.com and you may spot it on this page.

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Towns say no to state mandates

The Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) has sent a response to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after a Dec. 14 meeting with a representative of the state Office of Policy and Management.
The COG is an organization made up of 21 first selectmen from Litchfield County towns.
The Dec. 14 meeting came about because the city of Torrington was identified as one of three municipalities that meet “fiscal disparity criteria” according to a hitherto obscure state law.

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Washington board talks contracts at December meeting

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WASHINGTON— At the last December meeting of 2017, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri moved directly to opening public hearings for the Millbrook fire contract, the East Clinton fire contract and on Local Law 2,  to remove the 10-year limitation of the Cold War Veterans Exemption. Before the closing of the meeting, all three were voted upon and passed with all ayes from the board members. A resolution was made to adopt Local Law 2, which was also passed.

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Town of Ancram launches upgraded municipal website

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ANCRAM— After almost 10 years of operation, the town of Ancram bid farewell to its current website to make way for the launch of a newly redesigned site.
The original website was developed in 2007 when the town was working on a comprehensive plan and decided that a website should be part of the plan. Around 2008, the site went online where it was managed by  Laurie Quinn from Technology 4 All. As the town kept expanding and adding items to the website, the stability of its underlying engine risked collapse from “an overload situation.” 

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Copake native keeps the Navy’s newest, most advanced helicopters flying

COPAKE — A 2013 Taconic Hills High School graduate and Copake native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter.

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