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The Millerton News Editorial

Board members don’t have to agree, but they do have to be civil

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We’ve said it before: If you are or want to be a public official, mind your manners and your temper. The behavior of some of our local politicians these days is both shameful and discreditable. They ought to know better — and deep down they probably do. So why, at a recent public meeting, did two councilmen get into a squabble so severe they nearly broke into fisticuffs?

Life is sweet in Wassaic

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Who could have imagined that the small, rural hamlet of Wassaic, just an infinitesimal pinpoint on the U.S. map, would have become a Mecca for artists from around the Northeast? Certainly none could have predicted it just a few years ago when Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle and Elan Bogarin put their heads together and created The Wassaic Project — a yearly arts festival that has attracted the attention of creative minds from Manhattan and beyond, reviewers from The New York Times and thousands of attendees. And last week’s event was as successful as those in years past.

Libraries have lots to offer in the summer

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When most of us think of summer, we imagine ourselves splashing in the water while the sun beats down or lying on the sand with a cool drink in our hands, perhaps watching children play while building castles in the sand. Few of us contemplate bringing our families to the local library to spend time inside dark, shelf-lined repositories searching for how-to books or ancient encyclopedias, while friends and neighbors are busy enjoying the great outdoors.

Solid information is important for towns

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The town of Pine Plains is planning ahead as it undertakes an important project ­— property data collection — under the leadership of the Board of Assessors. Though the process usually leads straight into a property reassessment, Board of Assessors Chairman Jim Mara is careful to stress that is not necessarily the case here and the data collection is strictly that — a chance to collect updated information on all town properties so property record card data can be reconciled with what actually exists.

Dutchess County has an artistic side

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What kind of world would there be without art?

That, thankfully, is a question we don’t have to ponder. All the more so thanks to the efforts of artists and innovators like Carole Wolf, founder and executive director of Mill Street Loft and its Dutchess Arts Camp, which reaches from Millbrook to Poughkeepsie, Beacon to Red Hook.

No distractions while driving on the highway

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Text no more while behind the wheel, or else. That is the message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed a law last week toughening the enforcement of a ban on texting while driving.

The much needed measure is a lifesaver, no doubt about it, as according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009 one out of every six fatal accidents was caused by distracted driving.

Cornell Cooperative turns 100 this year

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The much beloved and frequently utilized Cornell Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary statewide this year, and all of Cornell extensions in New York state are joining the celebration. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) will actually celebrate its centennial birthday in 2013, but it’s still among the many taking a moment to praise the statewide agency for all of the services and resources it has provided to New Yorkers for the past century.

Watching out for wetlands with new law

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The Washington Town Board took a significant step recently when it passed the long-awaited Wetlands Law, or more precisely, Local Law No. 1 of 2011, to “amend the town of Washington’s zoning code to add a new section entitled Wetlands and Watercourses Law.”

It will help prevent “despoliation and destruction of wetlands, water bodies and watercourses and controlled areas, collectively referred to as ‘regulated areas,’ recognizing their varying ecological, water quality, supply and recreational values,” according to the law.

Same-sex Marriage bill is something to celebrate

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Well done, New York. In what was a monumental moment for the Empire State, gay marriage was finally approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, June 24 — legalizing what truly should always have been recognized as a fundamental right between two consenting adults.

Transitions

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A time of transition, a time of change: Annual graduations signify more than just a rite of passage. Changes of great magnitude, transformational, happen right on the heels of graduations, making them bittersweet for all those celebrating the successful conclusion of one phase of their lives.

There are some friends left behind, some friends made for life. Some teachers who will never be forgotten, whose lessons will carry their graduates forward and inspire them to achieve good things for the rest of their lives. Others will be too soon forgotten.