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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.


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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.

Home ownership support in the Harlem Valley

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The Harlem Valley is fortunate to have a new neighbor in Hudson River Housing, which has just opened its newest satellite office at the North East Community Center (NECC) on South Center Street in Millerton. The office is home to the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Dutchess County, which will serve the northeastern part of the county.

Residents gain strength from one another

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Recently the Harlem Valley has seen much tragedy, more than one community should have to deal with in the span of one short week. That the majority of events below all occurred within the same day, on Thursday, June 2, is just that much more unsettling.

A rail trail grows

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The Harlem Valley is home to a rare recreational resource that provides much more than just a pleasant way to spend the day. Yes, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail offers an 11-mile paved pathway for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters, but it is also an economic engine for the towns, villages and hamlets it passes through.

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