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STANDFORDVILLE — When the new Stanford Free Library officially opened its doors on Aug. 3, it was thanks to dozens of citizens who have supported the effort for nearly a decade and a half. 

According to both Library Director Arlene Christensen and Board President Mark Williams, the proud day was the culmination of a 14 year community wide effort that involved residents — both full and part time — whose donations of time, effort and resources made it all happen. Of the first day Christensen said, “We had a great turnout. Everyone is singing our praises....

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Dutchess voters approve BOCES $36.8 million capital project

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DUTCHESS COUNTY— The Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ (BOCES)  capital project was met with approval from Dutchess County voters on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Five Points OK to buy former UConn campus

TORRINGTON — The University of Connecticut Board of Directors voted unanimously on Monday, Dec. 17, to allow Torrington’s Five Points Center for the Visual Arts to purchase the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Torrington campus. 
UConn closed the Torrington campus in April 2016 due to declining enrollment. In May 2018, the university put out a Request for Expressions of Interest  (RFEI) in the 95-acre property; at that time, it seemed likely that EdAdvance would purchase the land and three buildings on it.

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Legislators see priorities for Connecticut in 2019

LITCHFIELD — Northwest Corner legislators were split on the prospects for the 2019 legislative session, but were unanimous in urging municipal officials to stay in touch with them and on top of issues that will affect the 21 towns of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG).
The occasion was the annual legislative breakfast, held at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Monday, Dec. 17.

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Plastic Man to be film hero

Plastic Man, the stretchiest comic book superhero you can imagine, has been given the Warner Brothers nod for his own major live-action motion picture. Plas lived for a short time in Falls Village. Or rather, his creator, graphic artist Jack Cole, lived here. 
Plastic Man is still seen in DC comic books today.

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Hearing held in Danbury: Voices heard on Health Quest

State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.
In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

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Farmhouse chic

In the grocery store checkout line one morning, I noticed a magazine near the chocolate bar rack. Christmas Farmhouse. Turns out, there is a slew of these periodicals. Farm House Magazine. American Farmhouse Style.  Country Farmhouse Decor. 
This decor is often weathered mirror frames or whitewashed pine tables or sandblasted butter molds — things you wouldn’t find in a real farm house today.

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Newest member to join BTCF board

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Nancy Needham Hathaway of Millbrook has joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s board of directors.
Hathaway was the head of school at Dutchess Day School in Millbrook for seven years before retiring in 2017. She sat on the school’s board from 1989 to 1999, served as treasurer from 1994 to 1999 and joined the faculty as a history teacher from 2007 to 2010. The school’s renovated science wing was named in Hathaway’s honor.

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Furry critters and other crafts at Stanford Grange Craft Fair

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STANFORD— Glitter, glamor and furry critters were all main attractions at the Country Christmas Crafts Corner, a fundraiser for Stanford Grange #808 in Stanfordville on Sunday, Dec. 2.
The event, which had two floors of vendor tables, began at 10 a.m. and was open until 4 p.m. One of the highlights was the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who arrived with many jovial waves and “ho-ho-ho’s” at 1:30 p.m. Linda and Ronnie Clump greeted the children and gave out gifts as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Roe Jan Food Pantry feeds on community support

HILLSDALE — Volunteers working to provide a joyful holiday for those who would otherwise do without are hoping for desperately needed community support in the form of dollars, food and additional workers. 
According to media liaison Elwin Moore, a newly formed Christmas Basket group will “pick up the torch” passed on by Our Lady of Hope, which had provided holiday meals for decades. 
However, he said that because this is a new organization, they are running a bit behind on donations, which they need to collect by mid-December.

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Town Hall forums highlight 2019 county budget

STANDFORDVILLE — Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro has made an effort to keep residents informed about the proposed 2019 county budget through a series of Town Hall forums around the county, starting Monday, Nov. 19.

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