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DUTCHESS COUNTY — Just before 2018 came to an end, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced that the county’s Agency Partner Grant (APG) program awarded more than $1.1 million in renewed funding to 19 nonprofits for 2019. As a result of the funding, the selected nonprofits will now be able to continue 25 key programs targeting a broad range of community needs in Dutchess County, including youth development, workforce development, mental health and wellness and literacy.

Now entering its seventh year, the APG program supports and strengthens communities by...

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FCC rule could curtail public access programming

Viewers of public access television may be seeing less local programming if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passes a proposed rule change.
According to the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, there are 25 public access television stations in Connecticut. Many of them cover municipal meetings and high school sporting events.
The stations’ equipment and employee salaries are funded by franchise fees that are paid to them by the cable companies.

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Unicorns and narwhals meet at Manhattan’s Cloisters

NEW YORK CITY — Unicorns are the go-to symbol of the beautiful, the magical, the mystical and the probably impossible. No one in the modern world has ever seen one. And yet there are mentions of them in ancient and classical literature and they appear in classical art — perhaps most notably in the tapestries that are now part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, on display at The Cloisters in upper Manhattan. 

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DEC warns residents of statewide clean fill scam

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HUDSON VALLEY— As part of its crackdown on illegal waste dumping throughout the state, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has urged residents to exercise caution when offered free clean fill material.

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Stars help the Earth at the 28th annual HVA auction

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Christmas films to watch again and again

There are those among us who patiently wait for the Thanksgiving dishes to be cleaned and put away and who then sit down with a happy sigh and begin watching Christmas movies (which is of course much more pleasant than listening to Christmas pop hits on the radio and at the mall).
Even the most curmudgeonly among us has a favorite holiday film or two (surely even the Grinch loves to watch how he stole Christmas, year after year — and then redeemed his bad deeds with good ones).

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After eight years, pastor to leave

The Rev. Diane Monti-Catania of the Salisbury Congregational Church is leaving. Her last day is Jan. 15, 2019.
Interviewed on Friday, Nov. 16, in her office at the church, she said she has been at the church for eight years.
“It’s a little like politics,” she said. “Eight years is a good term.”
She continued: “I felt it was time — for new leadership here, and for me to explore new opportunities.”

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Harlem Valley holiday celebrations

HARLEM VALLEY— Volunteers from throughout the region — including numerous first responders who are lighting up their vehicles for weekend parades — are working hard throughout the area to provide holiday cheer in the coming weeks. Each town has unique events, so pick a few favorites, hitch the family reindeer to the sleigh and head out to make some priceless memories.
Amenia

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Horn still victorious after recanvass of 64th District

Following a recanvass of votes from the towns in the 64th District for state representative, the majority of votes still went to Maria Horn (D), who defeated incumbent Brian Ohler (R).
The final vote totals were 5,877 for Horn and 5,787 for Ohler. 
Horn had declared victory and Ohler had conceded in Facebook posts on Friday, Nov. 16. 

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2018 General Election: Voters pour in to cast ballots

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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.

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Recounts and other oddities at local polling last week

This was an odd election in terms of reported results, and the oddities were somewhat more noticeable because of the close results of the race for the 64th District between newcomer Maria Horn (D) and  incumbent Brian Ohler (R).
Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill (who was re-elected on Nov. 6) has managed to get all towns to report their vote totals to the secretary of the state’s office on election night, unless there are extraordinary circumstances. 
This year, on Election Day, there were some extraordinary circumstances.

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