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Classrooms will see 16 new teachers when classes begin Aug. 26 in the Region One School District, which includes the elementary schools in Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon, Salisbury and North Canaan, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Not pictured are Audra Leach, Danielle Melino, Elizabeth Frost and Kiera Bisenius.

 

Maddie Cutler is the new fourth grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary...

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More thoughts on rhubarb

I just read the article about rhubarb in the June 13 Lakeville Journal and thought I’d tell you about my experiences with it.
First of all, we had a row of rhubarb planted along the fence in the fruit garden on the Iowa farm where I grew up.  There were grapes and currants growing on wooden frames and apple trees in this garden.  Mom sometimes made sauce, but I never really cared for it.  

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Governor signs new bill into law: Religious waivers for measles vaccine no longer allowed

HARLEM VALLEY — Unvaccinated students in New York who have been able to attend school or day care under a waiver granted for religious beliefs will no longer be able to do so as of June 28 as a result of a law passed last week by the State Legislature. The law is designed primarily to help control the current outbreak of the highly contagious and potentially dangerous measles virus.

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Fatal car fire claims life in Copake

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COPAKE — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal car fire that claimed the life of one man and that of a dog. 
Emergency personnel responded to a 911 call placed on Friday, June 14, just after midnight. The call came in to the Hillsdale Fire Company and Community Rescue Squad for a reported vehicle fire at 543 North Mountain Road in Copake. Deputies assisted at the scene.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, when units arrived on the scene, “the vehicle was fully involved.”

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School districts respond to former substitute’s rape charge

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HARLEM VALLEY — When last week’s story printed in the New York Post regarding Bronx teacher Jonathan Pol’s arrest for the rape of a 13-year-old female student reached Dutchess County, the school districts where Pol had previously worked as a substitute were quick to contact families to resolve any concerns about past conduct. Area school districts wanted to make sure parents and guardians received the most accurate information possible related to Pol’s work years earlier. 

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Police Blotter: Troop B

The following information was provided by the Connecticut State Police at Troop B. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 
 
Failure to grant right of way

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Report: Cars endanger our air quality

The state’s Council on Environmental Quality released its 2018 report on May 2019, with the relatively good news that things aren’t as bad as they could be.
The council’s appointed members work independently of the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and they report to the governor of the state. 

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Bysiewicz updates towns on state budget, more

GOSHEN — Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (D) visited the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) on Thursday, June 13, to talk about the state budget.
COG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns; they meet monthly in Goshen.

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The elusive Pentecost story

After casually searching for 35 years, I found a copy of “Alfred Hitchcock’s Daring Detectives,” a collection of short crime stories published in 1969. I purchased it for 50 cents at a library used book sale.
Why did I want the hardcover? It reprints a crime tale by Judson Philips (1904-1989) of East Canaan.
I will tell you a little about Philips as a companion to an essay about his co-founder of Sharon Playhouse, Guernsey LePelley (May 30 issue). The theater is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

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Blood drives save lives: One woman’s story of the ultimate donation

HARLEM VALLEY — One week after the birth of her second daughter, Hillsdale’s Jennifer Wakamatsu was happily at home with her family. She had been to the doctor that very day and all was well. Then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t. With no warning at all, Wakamatsu started to hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital.
By the time she was able to return home three days later, she had lost 50% of the blood in her body. Only the transfusion of seven pints of blood saved her life.

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Peony Watch

While the ants that typically cover peony buds may look alarmingly like an army of invaders, they are, in fact, the opposite. The peonies have invited them in, by secreting sweet nectar at bud stage for the express purpose of attracting ants. 
Once effectively lured, the ants act as tiny protectors, eating other insects that would otherwise harm the buds before they get the chance to bloom.

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