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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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New DOT head peppered with questions at meeting

GOSHEN — The new commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, Joseph Giulietti, had good news and bad news for the members of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The COG is made up of the first selectmen of 21 Litchfield County towns, including all six towns in the Region One School District.
The good news was that going forward it will be easier to get federal loans for transportation projects.
The bad news is the agency is carrying a lot of debt.

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Cornwall’s mysterious Terrall alias Kyle alias Halliday

Criminal mischief has been rampant in the Northwest Corner. On paper.
Adding to our literary crime file — it already includes writers Georges Simenon of Lakeville (discussed in this space in the Jan. 24 issue) and Judson Philips of Sharon and East Canaan  (June 20) — is Robert Terrall of Cornwall, later Sharon and Salisbury.

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Public hearing on proposed GRJH gas station remains open

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COPAKE — Continuing the public hearing on GRJH Inc.’s proposal for a gas station in the hamlet of Craryville, the Copake Planning Board opened the floor to new information and findings from members of the Save Craryville coalition at the board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5. Following the presentation of the new material, Planning Board members were conflicted in deciding whether to keep the public hearing open or to close it for good.

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Millerhurst Farm resumes milking operations in new barn

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ANCRAMDALE — Nearly a year after a devastating electrical fire destroyed their farm’s two dairy barns, killing 46 of their 47 dairy cows and forcing the farm’s remaining animals to find temporary homes, the Miller family of Ancramdale has at last welcomed their beloved cows back to Millerhurst Farm and resumed the farm’s milking operations, this time within the shelter of a new and improved barn.

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From animals to artwork: Recording the history of the Luther Barn - Part I

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An East Canaan farmer speaks up on CNN program

EAST CANAAN — I received an email asking if I would submit questions to be considered for the CNN Town Hall on the Climate Crisis. When I completed the webform, I imagined mine being just one of thousands like it, filling up someone’s inbox somewhere. So, when I received a phone call just three days before the event, inviting me to ask a question to presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, on national television, I was beyond ecstatic. 

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Equestrian, 23, dies while riding in nearby Wingdale

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WINGDALE — A 23-year-old resident of Greenwich, Conn., died Monday, Sept. 16, at Takoda Farm in Wingdale when the horse she was riding reared suddenly and then rolled over on her. 
New York State Troopers responded to a call at about 10:45 a.m. from the farm on Byrds Hill Road saying a woman had fallen from her horse. 
Northern Dutchess Paramedics also responded to the scene.

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Rural transportation made easier

For residents of rural northwest Connecticut, a car is the key to life. But a vehicle is often out of reach for struggling individuals or families with limited income looking to achieve upward mobility. They need a car to get to work but need to work to get a car.

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Remembering and honoring lives lost, on Sept. 11

Lives lost in 2001 and in the ensuing years-long war on terror were honored during a 24-hour long Patriot Day ceremony held at St. Martin of Tours in North Canaan. 
The event was once again organized by the Knights of Columbus and member Nick DeAngelis, as has been the case since the first ceremony at the Route 7 site in 2008.

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Time for ‘bear crossing’ signs?

I was driving home a few days ago when an adult black bear dashed across the road. It passed in front of a car just ahead of mine. Instead of vaulting over the guardrail when it reached the other side, the bear squeezed under it. I was impressed. 
There is not much space between the uprights of that barrier. My wife has seen a bear hopscotch over a guardrail. It made me think about how these large mammals navigate this landscape, and what they consider when they are forced to break cover and cross the road.

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