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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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Dover McDonald’s under renovation

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DOVER PLAINS — Continuing efforts to update its image, the McDonald’s in Dover Plains was shut down last month to make way for interior and exterior alterations. 
Seeking approval for the work, a building permit application was submitted to Dover Building Inspector Donn Anderson last November and approved this past February. After shutting the restaurant down at the end of July, general contractor Meridian Construction set to work on Monday, July 31.

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Cricket Valley Energy: Protesters picket at rush hour

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DOVER — With motorists speeding along Route 22 in Dover, a trio of protesters stood their ground during a demonstration against Cricket Valley Energy (CVE) on Monday, Aug. 6.
Like other protests held against CVE this year, the protesters chanted their opposition to and the need to build awareness of the energy center and its potential hazards.
“We know better, we should be acting better,” said Johanna Fallert, a protester from Poughkeepsie. “It’s like we need a Manhattan Project for energy.”

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Skies finally clear for Jack Brown Fair

EAST CANAAN — A week of rain finally cleared off on Sunday, July 29, just in time for the annual Jack Brown Fair in East Canaan. Held at the East Canaan Congregational Church, the small fair features a  dog show, a bake sale, a raffle, hamburgers and hot dogs, working steers and the highlight of the afternoon: a dairy show.
The day started with the dairy breed show, where the day’s judge, Rick Allyn of East Canaan, compared the cattle to choose his supreme grand champion of the day. 

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Arts Mid-Hudson awards presented at Wassaic Project

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WASSAIC — Arts Mid-Hudson congratulated several Dutchess County Partners in the Arts and Dutchess County Performing Arts recipients at an award reception held at The Wassaic Project on Tuesday, July 24.
The reception was held inside Maxon Mills, with a good crowd in attendance. Refreshments and a light brunch preceded the awards presentation.

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New York combats tick-borne illnesses through legislation

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — With more people exploring the great outdoors this summer, residents of Dutchess County and beyond have been advised by New York state officials how to prevent tick bites to reduce the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.

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Vacations for pets at Pooch Palace Resort

EAST CANAAN — At the front door of the Pooch Palace Resort in East Canaan visitors are greeted by a Pomeranian named Penelope, who has her spacious wooden playpen at the entry.
Since its opening on May 30, Pooch Palace owner Charlene Martel said, the business has been steadily growing on the strength of word-of-mouth publicity. It’s easy to find: The extensively renovated former motel now sports a striking paint job depicting a canine mural.  
The larger-than-life pooches are the creation of muralists Corey Pane and Reo Derusso.

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$125,000 grant secured for Hawthorne Valley Farm

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COLUMBIA COUNTY — Through the efforts of New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106) and her office, Hawthorne Valley Farm was presented with a $125,000 state grant this May to help the farm obtain a new yogurt filler machine.

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Love and passion on the list for Sharon library book signing Aug. 3

I’m scanning the list of authors and books that will be featured in this summer’s Hotchkiss Library of Sharon book signing and author event, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. (the famous weekend booksale begins the next morning).
The list of authors is always diverse and impressive. The book titles aren’t really meant to have a theme; if anything, an effort is made to have something for everyone. 

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Bear Watch

It seems that the Salisbury bears are getting all the attention lately but of course all the area towns are seeing an uptick in bold ursines wandering into yards and village centers. This bear was photographed by David Chamberlain when it wandered through his backyard in Winsted on Thursday afternoon, July 19. Chamberlain’s photo is close enough to show the tracking collar around the animal’s neck; it’s also close enough to show a very large front tooth.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Town searches for bookkeeper, learns of burglary at B and B

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board meeting on Thursday, July 12, was called to order at 7 p.m. by town Supervisor Gary Ciferri. 
The meeting began with public participation. Resident Denise Tebbins had questions about zoning; she was advised that she might want to find an attorney to help her with her specific issues.

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