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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.

Although there was intense opposition to the bill from impacted individuals and those concerned with individual rights, Anil K. Vaidian, commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of...

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Spring is the time to find a local CSA

This is part one in a series of articles on Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in the Tri-state region. 
 
When I first started working on CSA farms 14 years ago, no one that I knew had ever heard of the concept. 
Increasingly, the term CSA has become more familiar.
In her book “Sharing the Harvest” CSA farmer Elizabeth Henderson explains, “The premise is simple: create a partnership between local farmers and nearby consumers, who become members or subscribers. 

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Trees for Tribs grant to restore stream-side buffers

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WASSAIC — Thanks to significant funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) will now be able to plant more than 3,000 native trees, plants and shrubs in support of the NYSDEC’s Trees for Tribs program.

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Sappy eggs

We visited a maple sugarhouse. The sweet miasma penetrated our winter jackets and we inhaled it for several days. 
It was the first time I’d seen a reverse osmosis machine in use — it removes a percentage of the water before the sap is sent to the wood-fired evaporator to be reduced further into syrup.

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A bold rescue

DOVER PLAINS — On Saturday, March 16, Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Zach Crain from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) responded to a report of an injured bald eagle at Brookby Farm in Dover Plains. 

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Grand Lists in for Northwest Corner towns

Budget season is peaking in Northwest Corner towns, as boards of education present the education spending plans for the elementary schools in individual towns and for regional school spending; and as boards of selectmen present their plans for municipal spending, which covers everything from plowing snow and mowing grass to keeping the lights on at town halls to paying salaries for town officials and the road crews.

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Bears, taxes and tension at Connecticut Legislature

Property tax reform, legal marijuana, tolls, bears and a proposal to allow school boards to establish themselves as independent taxing authorities. These are just some of the issues making their way through the Connecticut General Assembly. The Lakeville Journal spoke with state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) and state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) about the state of play in the Legislature.
Changes to property taxes

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Peepers and early plants say spring is here

In another week, if we have a night with warm rain by then, I’ll be out on a country road helping salamanders and frogs get safely across to their breeding pools.  
There are certain stretches where they concentrate in large numbers, and on the busiest roadways the carnage is really awful. I don’t go to those sites, but I do stake out stretches of road with light traffic where I can do more good and am at less risk of accident myself.  

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Medicare/Medicaid crossover payments: State presents one more hurdle for EMS providers

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Medicare/Medicaid crossover payments: State presents one more hurdle for EMS providers

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Local couple hopes to fund bicycles in Kenya

ANCRAMDALE — Sometimes rising as early as 4 a.m. in the morning in order to arrive on time, students in the Kenya school that John and Jean Roccanova are working to support will get much-needed assistance if their current fundraiser is successful. 

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