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Gas price petition shifts into high gear

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The Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce in its plan to stop ever-rising gas prices — which have put the business community at its mercy. It has taken the positive step of piggy-backing onto an online petition the county chamber created, to be sent to federal and state lawmakers, calling on them to put an end to the high prices at the pumps.

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The beauty of cleanliness

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Cleaning trash from the sides of the roadway may not sound like much fun to some, but to Amenia Councilwoman Vicki Doyle there are few better ways to spend the weekend. It’s not because she enjoys picking up litter, but because she relishes the end result — a cleaner, brighter, more eco-friendly town.

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Osama bin Laden

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Every citizen of the United States took the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, personally, for good reason. They were attacks on the very core of our civilization, with the intent of destroying not only the more than 3,000 lives they took, but also the fabric of our society. But in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden as the result of a U.S. military operation this week, it became clear that for those who were children and teens at the time, the attacks were very personal and a defining moment in their young lives.

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Falling under the Easter Bunny’s lure

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It’s nice sometimes to take a break from all the chaos in the world and appreciate that which is sweet in life — including those moments we can share with our families. That’s why it’s so important to thank our local towns, recreation committees, PTAs, fire departments, gun clubs, American Legions and other volunteers who take the time each year to organize what amounts to uninhibited, joyous frivolity — not only for youngsters but for entire family units — throughout the region come the spring holidays.

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Constructive criticism

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No one likes being criticized. But constructive criticism is slightly different. It’s intended to help, to guide and to improve. By and large such critique is beneficial and, by definition, should not be about disparagement but analysis.
In the case of North East property owners’ recent criticism of the townwide reassessment project, that line is razor thin. Let’s hope that precipice is respected, by all sides involved in this complicated issue, and the importance of the subject at hand does not get muddled with personal attacks and accusations.

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Idea worth considering

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Sometimes someone gets an idea. A light bulb goes off. Oftentimes the idea needs time to mature, to grow, to sink in to another’s consciousness, if shared, and take root.
Such was not the case at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting last week. As the meeting was coming to an end, school board member Todd Bowen made a very serious suggestion that practically stunned his colleagues into silence. What followed was a confused conversation that concluded with one school board member storming out.

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Chamber’s trade fest is boon to the region

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It was brisk and sunny on Sunday, March 27, an ideal day for the 19th annual Tri-State Chamber Buy Local Festival, held once again at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Conn. What a day it was — with high turnout and high energy to the end. It was the most successful trade show the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce has seen during its nearly two-decade run. Estimates put crowds at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000, a new record for the event.

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Transparency and timeliness with budgets

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Budgeting is not easy. It’s not easy for children to save their pennies for comic books, teens to save their weekend pay for college, parents to save their paychecks for mortgages or our towns, villages, states or even our nation to save tax dollars for infrastructure, Social Security, defense, health care or education. Which brings us to our schools — they have to budget, too.

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Towns need firm plans for the next emergency

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There is little that tests our resiliency as fiercely as Mother Nature — in all her fury — raging as she did during the recent ice and rain storm that bombarded our region. Our towns and villages certainly suffered, but throughout the ordeal there were also bright spots — acts of kindness and dedication that offered us comfort and relief. We can all be thankful that our trials and tribulations pale in comparision to those living in Japan.

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It’s more than a start

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The hands that put the magic touch upon the once-decrepit Maxon Mills grain building and transformed it into Wassaic’s shining star have returned for a second act. That’s right, developers Tony Zunino and Richard Berry, collectively known as Zuberry, are back for what is actually their fifth property purchase in the tiny little hamlet of Wassaic — The Lantern Inn. (The other three properties are the Luther Auction Barn and two private residences.)

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