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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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Nature springs to life, even with March snow

In Kent, Lakeville Journal photographer Lans Christensen snapped this baby goat poking its head over the fence at South Kent School’s Center for Innovation on Wednesday, March 6.
In Sharon, John Brett and Jane Strong shared this photo of a North American river otter that they photographed in the pond near their home, on Monday, March 11. “It was munching down on a fish he/she had caught,” Brett reported. “This is the second year in a row this magnificent creature has stopped by for a brief stay.” 

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Area schools honor student achievements

The Region One schools have announced the names of students who have earned the annual Superintendent   Award. 
Region One and other districts in the state recognize one student at each elementary school and two at the high school, honor them with a certificate of excellence and celebrate their achievement at a dinner. The awards are based on community service and service to others; academic excellence (relative to the student’s ability); and leadership service to the school community. 

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Shimmering prisms and portents

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Molinaro states the county is solid, dynamic and strong

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Dutchess County — The head of the county presented his 2019 State of the County address on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. More than 500 people attended. What follows is a summation of what Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, and how he thinks residents throughout the region are faring.

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Berkshire Taconic scholarships deadline is March 15

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation scholarship applications are due Friday, March 15. Apply online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/Scholarships.
The Andrea Wagner Women in Science Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to female students who are currently enrolled at a four-year college and majoring in natural or physical science or engineering.

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(Striped) hats off to reading fun

A group of students in kindergarten to second grade from Cornwall Consolidated School visited the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village on Friday, March 1, to take part in a Cat in the Hat program.
With everybody settled, LHK teacher Robin Faust (sporting her own distinctive red-and-white striped hat) explained the goals to the 40-odd children:
“I can celebrate ‘Read Across America’ by making a hat and enjoying a book with my new friends.”
And: “I can problem solve by working collaboratively with others.”

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Kicking off garden season with plant shopping and design

GOSHEN — March might seem like a dud month for gardening, with its short days and frozen soil. With spring edging closer, this month is actually perfect for one of the most exciting parts of caring for land: imagining potential and setting a plan in motion.
One of the best tools our region has to offer gardeners in their winter visioning is the Northwest Conservation District’s web store, which went live on Feb. 18 at www.nwcd.org. 

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Telling the family story

A perc of being a newsman or local historian is you get to meet a lot of interesting people and sometimes gain access that gives surprising results.
Various of my writings have explored the black experience in South Berkshire County, Mass. Through my research into the story of Great Barrington native William E.B. Du Bois, I got to know his adopted son, the late David Graham Du Bois, and his great-grandson, Arthur McFarlane II of Colorado. And last week, I enjoyed a dinner with another great-grandson, Jeff Peck of Houston, Texas.

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Grant funds student made documentaries

CORNWALL/SHARON — The Civic Life Project (www.civiclifeproject.org)has received a grant of $6,000 from The Buchanan Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation to adapt and expand its existing program for middle schools. 
The grant, announced today by Dominique Lasseur, co-founder of the Civic Life Project with Catherine Tatge, will enable eighth grade students from Cornwall Consolidated and Sharon Center schools to produce short civic-themed films on public issues of their choice.

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Municipal Salaries 2018-19

As towns make their way through budget planning for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins July 1, salaries of administrators will once again be discussed. In general, pay increases for selectmen are rare; most other town employees are given a flat pay raise that is applied to all at Town Hall and on the town crew. 

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