The Millerton News Editorial

Let’s not have Dial-A-Ride take a back seat

The North East Community Center (NECC) is an incredible regional resource. Of that there is no doubt. It provides everything from toddler classes to after-school clubs, senior exercise to yoga classes, tax preparation to support for the mentally ill. It also sponsors a fabulous farmers market. But since the demise of the Dutchess County LOOP Bus service, it has worked hard to create its own bus line — a crucial transportation service called Dial-A-Ride — which offers a lifeline to residents without vehicles of their own.

FFA is worth celebrating

“Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.”

— FFA motto

Lessons of volunteerism

Students learn many important lessons while in school —the three R’s, for starters, and these days so much more. There are courses on technology, art, science, philosophy, environmental studies — we’re pleased to say that the list is too long to delve into with just a few paragraphs to spare.

Indian Rock Schoolhouse earns high marks

Community is a highly prized subject matter when it comes to the Indian Rock Schoolhouse in Amenia. The schoolhouse association has organized a community day event on its grounds for 11 years now, to not only highlight the one-room schoolhouse and its grounds but also to bring the town closer together. It does so quite effectively.

Millbrook a fortunate community

There’s nothing better than living in an area with a real sense of community, and there’s no denying that the village of Millbrook and the town of Washington are examples of such a community. Case in point, the Millbrook Community Day celebration, which was held on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Remembering September 11

Eleven years have passed since the devastating events of Sept. 11, 2001, tore at our hearts and ripped through our souls. On that day America experienced something it was totally unprepared for when attacked on home soil. Though gut-wrenching, this nation has persevered, trying to remain strong and bring the perpetrators to justice. But despite those efforts there are many still processing the trail of events that led to the deaths of more than 3,000 people — among them family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Some back-to-school advice for all of us

Much to the chagrin of children everywhere — school is back in session! That means everyone involved in a student’s success, from the parents to the teachers to the administrators to the individual, has to get their minds focused — because it does “take a village” to make a successful student, just as it does to raise a child.

Offensive words, scary thoughts from Rep. Akin

Sometimes people speak without thinking, blurting out whatever thoughts might be passing through their minds at any given moment. It can be a dangerous, though revealing, habit. In the case of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), it was not only stupid, but downright offensive.

The summer reading program earns rave reviews

While for many reading a good book while lounging on the beach is the ideal way to spend a summer’s day, that might not be a child’s first choice when he or she could be splashing around in the water instead. In fact, getting children to read during the summer months can be something of a challenge — children can suffer from a sort of academic atrophy, losing much of what they’ve learned during the school year — making their return to school all about playing catch up when it should be about advancing to the next level.

The Harlem Valley is open for business

There’s no disputing the economy is in bad shape. Throughout the nation people are struggling, families are cutting back, schools are losing funding, businesses are trimming budgets and staff and the federal government is trillions of dollars in debt. But despite all of the above, there is a bright spot here in the Harlem Valley ­— the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking, bucking the trend ­— proven by the rash of new businesses opening in towns and villages throughout northeastern Dutchess County.