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COPAKE — When Cutting Edge T Delilah blew out the candles on her seventh birthday cake on Dec. 2, she did so as a two-time Supreme Champion.   

Delilah is owned by Ken Main of Elite Dairy in Copake, N.Y., and Dr. Kenny Joe Manion of Kentucky. 

She is one of only four Brown Swiss cows to have been named Supreme Champion at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., in the past 50 years. Following her win in the same category in 2018, Delilah is the first Brown Swiss to win Supreme Champion two years in a row since 1988-1989. 

Main bought Delilah...

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The myths and costs of recycling waste

At the end of a freewheeling and lively discussion of waste management and recycling, town and state officials found themselves in agreement on only one thing: Waste management is expensive and complex and the headaches it creates are not easily solved. 
Twenty-one first selectmen from Litchfield County towns convened on Thursday morning, Oct. 10, for their monthly meeting of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments in Goshen. 

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Our 2019 Candidates

HARLEM VALLEY — Below is a list of candidates running for office in the Harlem Valley in the 2019 election. Look for additional coverage of local contested races in upcoming issues of The Millerton News.

 

Dutchess County

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Power towers add fiber optic line

Electric towers used by Eversource for power transmission have been getting an upgrade in recent months. The towers, include ones near the power plant in Falls Village by the Housatonic River, on Johnson Road in Falls Village and near Route 63 near the Goshen/Cornwall town lines. 
The work itself isn’t necessarily visible to the untrained eye. What’s noticeable is the large planked area that now surrounds the towers, and the yellow temporary driveways at the saddle between the road and the grassy fields around the towers.

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Memories of a father, sparked by autumn fires

My dad used to tell me the key to packing was unpacking. He said it in the context of loading the family car for summer vacation, but this paternal wisdom has broader applications for life. If you want to understand how something works, you may have to take it apart. If you want to solve a problem, you have to unpack what caused it.

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Du Bois Memorial Park celebrated, 50 years later

Great Barrington’s W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee plans an ambitious day of activities to commemorate the controversial dedication, a half-century ago, of Du Bois Memorial Park on Route 23. Now maintained by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as the Du Bois Boyhood Homesite, the property is open to visitors in warmer months for self-guided walking tours. The event will be Friday, Oct. 18.
Randy Weinstein, chair of the Legacy Committee, believes the town has increasingly come to embrace its most famous native son. In 1969, there was considerable discomfort.

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Dutchess County sets the pace for being climate smart

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — Driven by its commitment to mitigate adverse impacts on the environment, Dutchess County was recently certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) with the Bronze Level designation in the New York State Certified Climate Smart Community (CSC) program.

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How the Dutchess Land Conservancy originally began

DUTCHESS COUNTY — In 100 years, if a family piles into whatever conveyance people will pile into on that future day, and meanders around North East, much will have changed from today, but some of the area’s most striking vistas will still be there.
Those elements of a never-changing landscape will be thanks to generous, forward thinking families and individuals who sacrificed development dollars for a guarantee of a well preserved environment for future generations to enjoy.

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A pilot’s take on the B-17 crash

Three weeks before the tragic loss of life in the B-17 crash at Bradley Field, my brother Michael and I toured that plane at Oxford Airport. Michael is a licensed pilot and had flown in that plane many times. He even got to take the controls on one flight to Boston some years ago.
The B-17 was owned by the Collings Foundation, which travels around the country with its fleet of World War II planes. They include two other bombers, a B-24 (the last airworthy one in the world) and a B-25, and two fighters, a P-51 Mustang and a P-40 Warhawk.

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Recording the history of Luther Barn - Part II: From livestock stalls to artists’ studios

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WASSAIC — Whether finding space for artists to work or space to hold seasonal exhibitions and activities, The Wassaic Project has had Luther Barn in its vision. What was once known as a popular livestock market and auction ring operated by the Luther family has since been altered to house makeshift studios for resident artists. Many changes have been made to the barn since it was purchased for The Wassaic Project in 2007. Much of its history has been preserved and retold over the years, even as the barn developed a new purpose in the hamlet of Wassaic.

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Local food sourcing keeps students eating healthily

HARLEM VALLEY — Facing  hundreds of hungry — but sometimes picky — children needing healthy, tempting school lunches every day, food service directors are upping their game by looking to local food sources to fill their plates.

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