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HARLEM VALLEY — One week after the birth of her second daughter, Hillsdale’s Jennifer Wakamatsu was happily at home with her family. She had been to the doctor that very day and all was well. Then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t. With no warning at all, Wakamatsu started to hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital.

By the time she was able to return home three days later, she had lost 50% of the blood in her body. Only the transfusion of seven pints of blood saved her life.

“If it hadn’t been for the blood,”  Wakamatsu reported, “...

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Harlem Valley schools look forward to year

stefanieg@millertonnews.com, arvolynh@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — Even though this school year represents the launch of the new core curriculum, which is bringing drastic changes to teaching standards in New York schools, the Millbrook Central School District, the Pine Plains Central School District and the North East (Webutuck) Central School District all reported very smooth starts to the 2011-12 school year.

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FEMA opens disaster centers

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from Tropical Storm Irene and the subsequent flooding.
Residents are strongly encouraged to register first with FEMA and then come into the DRCs with follow-up questions or concerns. Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585).

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Police report two traffic fatalities Labor Day weekend

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MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut State Police reported at least 300 accidents took place over the course of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Sept. 2 to 5, including 14 with injuries and one fatal accident on the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk, in which two men were killed.
Jeffrey Hinton, 22, of Stamford and Jason McKinney, 26, of Norwalk were the victims of the one-car accident, reported by State Police Troop G, in which the vehicle, driven by Hinton, struck a guardrail and went airborne before striking a tree. Hinton and McKinney were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Scar is healing at World Trade Center

News Analysis
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One of the most controversial and emotional construction projects in New York City history is quickly reaching important milestones on the way to completion, 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The latest photographs and renderings of the in-progress World Trade Center (WTC) complex were released last week, ahead of the public opening of two giant square reflecting pools, surrounded by man-made waterfalls in the footprints of the destroyed Twin Towers. The dedication is set for next Monday, Sept. 12.

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Everyone turns out for the Goshen Fair

A family tradition
jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

GOSHEN — For many of the young people showing cows and other livestock at the Goshen Fair, the most exciting part is sleeping in the barn. Around 175 cows and 60 exhibitors from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts entered the dairy cow contest this year, and 40 to 50 of them planned to spend the three nights of the fair in the barn.

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Why were papers delayed?

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Many readers have asked why The Lakeville Journal Co. newspapers were late in printing last week, for the issue of Sept. 1.
While Northwest Corner residents were very aware of Hurricane (then Tropical Storm) Irene and its effects on surrounding towns, they may not have been as aware of the devastation in other parts of Connecticut.
The Lakeville Journal building in Lakeville did not lose power at all, which helped our staff finish writing, editing and composing the newspapers in time for the usual deadline.

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Giving voice to TwitterKids of Tanzania

Reporter’s Journal
stefanieg@millertonnews.com

When did I fall in love with Africa? Maybe it was when I was in first grade, and became so obsessed with the ancient pharaohs that I told everyone I was going to become an archaeologist and Egyptologist when I grew up.
Maybe it was when I studied the continent in college, in my Academic Travel class.
Or maybe it was I finally set foot on African soil, in October 2006. I went to Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, on a program sponsored by the university in Switzerland that I attended.

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Preparing for November’s Election

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HARLEM VALLEY — Summer is nearing an end and November will be here sooner than some might imagine. With fall comes election season and all of the preparations political hopefuls must make to get onto the ballot and into office.

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Why were the newspapers delayed?

publisher@lakevillejournal.com

Many readers have asked why The Lakeville Journal Co. newspapers were late in printing last week, for the issue of Sept. 1.
While Tri-state region residents were very aware of Hurricane (then Tropical Storm) Irene and its effects on surrounding towns, they may not have been as aware of the devastation in parts of
Connecticut.
Connecticut.
The Lakeville Journal building in Lakeville did not lose power at all, which helped our staff finish writing, editing and composing the newspapers in time for the usual deadline.

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Area recovers from drenching Hurricane Irene

It could have been worse
shawi@winstedjournal.com

NORTHWEST CORNER — The consensus from municipal officials in the region is that towns did better than expected during Hurricane Irene.
The hurricane weakened to a Category 1 storm as it headed toward Connecticut on Sunday morning, Aug. 28, but it still packed a major punch.
Heavy rain and very high winds took their toll, with flooding and power outages reported in many areas.
Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) reported on Sunday afternoon that more than 760,000 customers in the state were without power.

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