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HARLEM VALLEY — There are plenty of activities sure to spook and delight as Halloween draws near. Below is a list of what’s happening around the region in anticipation of All Hallows’ Eve.

Millerton

• NorthEast-Millerton Library, 75 Main St., Costume Parade to Farmers Market, Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.

• NorthEast-Millerton Library, 75 Main St., story hour and non-food Trick or Treat on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. No Haunted House this year.

• Fire Company Block Party, ...

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A wet walk through history: ‘Are we there yet?’

If you ask me, exploring a country at eye level is worth it, even if the price is a few blisters. In August, my father and I began a six-day trek across northern England. These two Connecticut Yankees were there to hike, from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the east, along an old Roman wall that meanders 84 miles through hilly countryside. 

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Community Foundation congratulates 2019 LEAP graduates

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and Danosky & Associates, LLC congratulates 10 new graduates of the Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) program. The graduates completed the intensive seven-week program designed toward building skills in all areas of nonprofit leadership. Since 2014, The LEAP program has educated nearly 50 nonprofit employees from 40 different nonprofits in the Northwest Corner.

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Push Cart Derby races toward 2052

STANFORDVILLE — Stanford Community Day will again provide an opportunity for revelers to pick a favorite pair and cheer them to victory in what has become the traditional Push Cart Derby, organized by Helen Hamada and her husband, Kardsh Onnig of the Barraka Center for 3D Experimentation.

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Jitters aside, students begin the 2019-20 school year

Gathering their backpacks and belongings together, students from the North East (Webutuck), Pine Plains and Millbrook Central School Districts disembarked from school buses and their family cars and headed to class, ready to make the most of the school year on Wednesday morning, Sept. 4. Students arrived at Pine Plains Central School District for the first day of school. For another photo, see School rules!.

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Taconic DDSO arson suspect has his case dismissed

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WASSAIC — The dismissal of a 2019 arson indictment against Vincent Carozza, a then-resident at the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO), has made news locally and even down in New York City. The story was reported on by city news stations on Thursday, Sept. 5 — the day it was made known by Dutchess County District Attorney (DA) William Grady.
The case that Grady addressed on Sept. 5 was dismissed in the “interest of justice,” according to the DA’s office.

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Fewer deaths but addiction still a problem here

Statistics from the Connecticut State Medical Examiner’s office show that while overall accidental overdose deaths from opioids declined slightly in 2018, deaths involving the powerful opioid fentanyl have increased sharply.
Statewide accidental intoxication deaths (not including cases of pure alcohol overdose) increased steadily from 357 cases in 2012 to 1,038 cases in 2017, before dropping a bit with 1,017 cases in 2018.

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Recovery coaches help the newly sober

In 12-step recovery groups, newcomers often ask established members with significant sober time to be their “sponsors.” 
Sponsors help the newly sober person get through the confusion and turmoil of early recovery. Many sponsors and sponsees continue to work together for years.
Professional recovery coaches provide a similar service.
Tom Russo is the communications manager at Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) in Hartford. Before moving to his current job he worked as an emergency department recovery coach.

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Stanford Community Day celebrates Main Street

STANDFORDVILLE — The town of Stanford is gearing up for the 61st Annual Stanford Community Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 15). Sponsored by Stanford Grange 808 since 1959, this year’s event will focus on Main Street, with the opening of the new Stanford Free Library building right next door to the Grange Hall. 
The new library adds to the community center feeling along Route 82 with the Grange Hall, McCarthy’s Pharmacy, Roosters Route 82, Big Rock Farm Community Market, and now the library.

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Warriors, with tomatoes in hand

WASSAIC — With their satchels stuffed with plump tomatoes and their eyes on the target, participants of all ages set off to battle for a good cause at the fourth annual Tomato War on Saturday, Aug. 31. 
Held at Hawk Hill Farm in Wassaic, participants received protective eyewear, a satchel, an official event T-shirt and other tokens for the price of their ticket. 

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From farm to flowers

ANCRAMDALE — Following a structure fire at the Millerhurst Farm in neighboring Ancramdale last October that demolished a pair of dairy barns and killed 46 dairy cows, the Miller family continues to rebuild. 

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