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HUDSON VALLEY — Dutchess County residents have grown used to the convenience of “single stream” recycling programs where all recyclables can be placed into a single container for collection. What happens to that material after it leaves the curb wasn’t something most people worried about, until now.

For years, recyclables collected by U.S. haulers, like Welsh Sanitation in Amenia, were shipped to China for processing. China was anxious to grow its economy by any means possible, and that included importing other countries’ trash and turning it into raw...

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Taking a closer look at Regents results across the Harlem Valley

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — According to the results of the state Regents exams that were recently released by the Webutuck, Pine Plains and Millbrook central school districts, the area schools are relatively equal in their test performances, with Millbrook edging out front in both the percentage of passing grades and the percentage of mastery level grades.
Webutuck had the lowest percent passing rate, but its percent of mastery level grades matched that of Pine Plains.

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Murphy and Blumenthal: Manufacturing is back

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HARTFORD — With U.S. financial markets hemorrhaging Monday afternoon, the irony of positive economic news for Connecticut was not lost on Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who teamed up to present the results of a manufacturing survey in a televised press conference at the state Capitol.

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Wassaic Project

Transforming the Mills into an artists’ playground

WASSAIC — This year’s Wassaic Project Summer Festival, held Aug. 5 to 7, featured more than 100 artists and 23 bands, as well as poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings and artist talks.
Inside the stately, renovated seven-story Maxon Mills (formerly a grain mill, now the center of the Wassaic Project), art was found in nearly every nook and cranny.
Standing by her installation, “You Are My Anchor,” Sarah Hardesty explained the process of incorporating her work into this unique and intimate space.

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Victories big and small at horse trials

tarak@lakevillejournal.com

MILLBROOK — Hundreds of competitors and spectators flocked to Millbrook last weekend, Aug. 4 through 7, for the Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT). The competition, which benefits the Dutchess Land Conservancy, is particularly popular because it offers all six levels of eventing, from beginner novice through advanced.
This year’s trials saw the greatest number of competitiors in its 11-year history, with more than 500 horse-and-rider teams entered and more than 460 going into the competition.

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Libraries focus on summer reading

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HARLEM VALLEY — For many, summer may be a break from academics, but local libraries have been working to promote reading outside of the classroom through a series of fun and hands-on programs. Beginning in July, the Amenia Free Library, the NorthEast-Millerton Library, the Pine Plains Free Library and the Millbrook Free Library hold their annual summer reading programs.

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Grant money breathes life into area projects

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HARLEM VALLEY — The Northeast Dutchess Fund, part of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has announced that it has awarded $64,120 in grants to 20 local nonprofit groups.
A release from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation states that “a committee of local residents reviews applications to the fund and awards grants based on excellence of the proposed project or service, its impact on the organizations to carry out the project.”
The following programs were among the recipients:

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Mysteries of the sweet life on Mount Riga, revealed

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The summer community on Mount Riga settles into a routine as the season progresses.
With no electricity (save the odd generator for pumping water) and spotty cell phone coverage, the mountain provides a respite from the post-modern whirl of life.
Which is why the summer residents can often be tracked down at the Scoville Memorial Library mid-day — using the computers to check emails, certainly, but also stocking up on books.
People read on the mountain.
Fixing houses and swings

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HRR seeks support for three-town rail line upgrades

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Millions of dollars in transportation grant funds could be coming into the area early next year. They would be used to upgrade the rail line and crossings in North Canaan, Cornwall and Kent.
Colin Pease, vice president of special projects for the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad Company (HRR), said there will be a lot of competition for the funding, with about 200 applicants expected. His company plans to apply for $10-12 million, based on average awards in an initial grant round.

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An active ag community stresses ‘shop local’ ideal

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HARLEM VALLEY — Throughout the summer, several events have taken place in the Harlem Valley to promote agriculture and localization — a movement that encourages people to consume local products instead of items that were built, created, grown or otherwise originated in another location.
Since farming and agriculture are such important aspects of the local culture and economy, many organizations have also taken up the cause to increase the public’s awareness about agricultural issues.

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A day at the races

Ferrari Challenge returns to Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — After a four year break, the Ferrari Challenge returned to Lime Rock Park Saturday, July 30. The weather was good and the turnout was even better as fans examined models ranging from 1928 to 2012.
Ferrari aficionados and first-timers alike picnicked on the hillside while watching the race.
The event was considered to be a huge success by Skip Barber and the team at Lime Rock. They estimated that many more people attended this Ferrari Challenge than the previous one in 2005.

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