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HARLEM VALLEY — While the time for making New Year’s resolutions may have passed, it’s never too late to start thinking about how to contribute to one’s community. For those looking for a chance to give back to the communities that have nurtured them, the Harlem Valley is brimming with local organizations that have opened their doors to people interested in volunteering. Below is a smattering of some volunteer opportunities.

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The North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton takes pride in its volunteers and the vital role they play in the...

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Rail Trail receives grant

HILLSDALE — The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation as part of the $40,655 matching funds required for a $121,965 planning and design grant that was awarded by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The grant will fund preliminary designs and final construction plans for the new stretch of trail from Copake Falls through the hamlet of Hillsdale.

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FEMA compensates for storm losses

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — On Aug. 26, the Department of Homeland Security issued a major disaster declaration for New York state as a way to deal with the devastation left behind Hurricane Irene. Counties across the state were declared a major disaster by President Obama, including Dutchess County.

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Angel Food closes

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Angel Food Ministries — an organization that provides low-cost food to people in need — has folded, due to its own economic woes.
The Georgia-based cooperative had, in 16 years, spread rapidly across 43 states. Churches rallied teams of volunteers to coordinate monthly distribution of fresh produce, frozen meat and nonperishable foods. Food purchased by the truckload ensured bargain prices. Customers pre-ordered from a choice of boxes with several combinations of food choices.
The August delivery was the last.

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Rising costs, waning interest bring down Angel Food effort

Angel Food Ministries — an organization that provides low-cost food to people in need — has folded, due to its own economic woes.
The Georgia-based cooperative had, in 16 years, spread rapidly across 43 states. Churches rallied teams of volunteers to coordinate monthly distribution of fresh produce, frozen meat and nonperishable foods. Food purchased by the truckload ensured bargain prices. Customers pre-ordered from a choice of boxes with several combinations of food choices.
The August delivery was the last.

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Fair celebrates time-honored traditions

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RIVERTON — Spectacular fall weather coaxed residents to the Riverton Fair Friday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 9.
The fair included lumberjack contests, fair rides and traditional agricultural showings.
Fair President Al Jones said that attendance was up this year with approximately 15,000 people attending during the three-day event.

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Auditions announced for ‘A Christmas Carol’

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RIVERTON — A Christmas tradition in Barkhamsted’s village community of Riverton returns this December with the Riverton Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at Riverton Congregational Church. Auditions for the production are under way for all roles, along with crew members and stage management positions.
Producer John Morici said this week that rehearsals for the production will begin around Oct. 21 and that roles are immediately available for this musical production, which has been running for more than two decades in Riverton.

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Making green energy affordable

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There are only a couple of weeks left for residents to apply for solar-electric installations through DCS Energy. This is the same program through which many area towns and nonprofits are getting free installations.
Schools, libraries, churches, transfer stations and the like will be able to produce some or all of their electrical needs for free, thanks to one portion of the program that is, however, no longer being offered. It was underwritten in part by federal stimulus funds, which are gone, explained DCS’s Bob Oberle.

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Riverton Fair back for 102nd year

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RIVERTON — The 102nd annual Riverton Fair will be held this weekend — on Friday, Oct. 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fair will include a large variety of rides, agricultural exhibits, band performances, contests, livestock contests and plenty of amusements and family fun for everyone.
Contests include wood chopping, sawing, ax throwing, oxen pulling, baking and pie eating.
Al Jones is a fair organizer and said he has attended it since he was a baby.

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Cold weather season is here and so is potential for a chimney fire

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With temperatures dropping and autumn officially here, many area residents are using their fireplaces and wood stoves to add some heat to their homes.
As a result, local fire companies have had to put out several chimney fires in the past few days.
Most if not all chimney fires are caused by a buildup of creosote on the chimney lining, according to local fire officials —who note that often it falls to the volunteer firefighters to scrape off the sticky substance, a job that is better performed by a professional chimney cleaner.

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Rigby criticizes Malloy

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed two controversial executive orders last week, establishing a working group to study the possibility of unionization for day care workers and personal care attendants. The move, which follows the failure of similar measures to make it to the floor of the state Senate, drew immediate criticism from political opponents, who said the governor is showing favoritism to unions.

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