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STANDFORDVILLE — When the new Stanford Free Library officially opened its doors on Aug. 3, it was thanks to dozens of citizens who have supported the effort for nearly a decade and a half. 

According to both Library Director Arlene Christensen and Board President Mark Williams, the proud day was the culmination of a 14 year community wide effort that involved residents — both full and part time — whose donations of time, effort and resources made it all happen. Of the first day Christensen said, “We had a great turnout. Everyone is singing our praises....

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This vet makes house calls

SHEFFIELD, Mass. ---— Veterinarian Tracey Fahey goes the extra mile for her patients. Literally. 
Since opening her private practice, Berkshire Barks and Purrs Advanced Mobile VetCare last fall, the Sheffield resident has become a familiar sight navigating her sprawling, 26-foot, customized Ford E450 van around portions of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York while making house calls.

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Mountain Lions in New England? An Acclaimed Naturalist Discusses their Return

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Starting the year as a volunteer

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American Girl doll shines a light on the Hudson Valley

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HUDSON VALLEY — From young readers looking for a new adventure to local officials searching for ways to promote their communities, locals were delighted to learn that the newest Girl of the Year from American Girl, Blaire Wilson, was modeled to reflect the life of a young girl growing up in the Hudson Valley.
Since the company was first founded in 1986, American Girl has focused on building character and instilling confidence in young children.  

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Clinton Church Restoration twice singled out by Massachusetts organization

GREAT BARRINGTON — Last fall, Preservation Massachusetts, a commonwealth-wide  nonprofit organization that promotes the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes as an effective tool for economic development, added the former Clinton AME Zion Church on Elm Street in this town to its Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources list.
Not great news, but the acknowledgment was important.

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Area food pantries hit hard

HARLEM VALLEY — As winter drags on, more families are facing the economic squeeze brought on by everything from heating costs to seasonal job losses. To complicate the situation, pantries in Amenia Union, Millerton and Lakeville, Conn., which rely on community donations for food and supplies are also feeling the pinch. 
The number of patrons and amount of supplies remained steady at pantries in Millbrook and Pine Plains while Amenia’s Immaculate Conception monthly pantry has seen a 50 percent drop in patrons and has a large store of available items.

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Activist actor James Cromwell joins fight against Cricket Valley Energy

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DOVER — Assembling across the street from the construction site of Cricket Valley Energy Center, concerned residents and Stop Cricket Valley Energy protestors joined actor and activist James Cromwell at a demonstration on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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‘Growth’ opportunity for young cannabis employees

GREAT BARRINGTON — At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, there was plenty of room for parking at Theory Wellness, the marijuana dispensary in Great Barrington, but the wait to get inside was an hour long. 
This was obvious to anyone standing outside in the brisk winter weather, but it would have been even more obvious to anyone who bothered to check Theory Wellness’ Twitter account. A tweet had gone up that morning declaring, in fact, that there was plenty of parking and the wait was an hour long.

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Horn bill on race track regs

State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) has introduced a bill in the Connecticut General Assembly that would allow local planning and zoning commissions to regulate the hours of auto racing.
The bill, HB 6591, reads: “Be it enacted … that subsection (a) of section 14-164a of the General Statutes be amended to permit local zoning commissions to regulate the time during which motor vehicle racing may take place.”
Reaction on social media was swift and mostly negative.

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More than $1.1 million awarded to local nonprofits

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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.

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