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DOVER PLAINS — Equipped with signs and banners declaring their resistance in brightly colored letters, an estimated 70 area protesters rallied together at 2241 Route 22 across the street from the construction site of the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) to speak out against the power plant’s development last Saturday, July 13. In addition to the familiar faces that have been protesting CVEC since the beginning, were Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir from the New York City based Earth-defending performance community Earthalujah! as well as folksinger Pat LaManna, the...

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Plastic Man to be film hero

Plastic Man, the stretchiest comic book superhero you can imagine, has been given the Warner Brothers nod for his own major live-action motion picture. Plas lived for a short time in Falls Village. Or rather, his creator, graphic artist Jack Cole, lived here. 
Plastic Man is still seen in DC comic books today.

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Hearing held in Danbury: Voices heard on Health Quest

State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.
In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

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Farmhouse chic

In the grocery store checkout line one morning, I noticed a magazine near the chocolate bar rack. Christmas Farmhouse. Turns out, there is a slew of these periodicals. Farm House Magazine. American Farmhouse Style.  Country Farmhouse Decor. 
This decor is often weathered mirror frames or whitewashed pine tables or sandblasted butter molds — things you wouldn’t find in a real farm house today.

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Newest member to join BTCF board

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Nancy Needham Hathaway of Millbrook has joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s board of directors.
Hathaway was the head of school at Dutchess Day School in Millbrook for seven years before retiring in 2017. She sat on the school’s board from 1989 to 1999, served as treasurer from 1994 to 1999 and joined the faculty as a history teacher from 2007 to 2010. The school’s renovated science wing was named in Hathaway’s honor.

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Furry critters and other crafts at Stanford Grange Craft Fair

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STANFORD— Glitter, glamor and furry critters were all main attractions at the Country Christmas Crafts Corner, a fundraiser for Stanford Grange #808 in Stanfordville on Sunday, Dec. 2.
The event, which had two floors of vendor tables, began at 10 a.m. and was open until 4 p.m. One of the highlights was the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who arrived with many jovial waves and “ho-ho-ho’s” at 1:30 p.m. Linda and Ronnie Clump greeted the children and gave out gifts as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Roe Jan Food Pantry feeds on community support

HILLSDALE — Volunteers working to provide a joyful holiday for those who would otherwise do without are hoping for desperately needed community support in the form of dollars, food and additional workers. 
According to media liaison Elwin Moore, a newly formed Christmas Basket group will “pick up the torch” passed on by Our Lady of Hope, which had provided holiday meals for decades. 
However, he said that because this is a new organization, they are running a bit behind on donations, which they need to collect by mid-December.

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Town Hall forums highlight 2019 county budget

STANDFORDVILLE — Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro has made an effort to keep residents informed about the proposed 2019 county budget through a series of Town Hall forums around the county, starting Monday, Nov. 19.

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Attention all Dutchess County voters: $36.8 million BOCES vote Dec. 11

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) will be seeking voter approval for its capital project to renovate its Career & Technical Institute, relocate its Alternative High School and recondition the facilities at its Salt Point Center.

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FCC rule could curtail public access programming

Viewers of public access television may be seeing less local programming if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passes a proposed rule change.
According to the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, there are 25 public access television stations in Connecticut. Many of them cover municipal meetings and high school sporting events.
The stations’ equipment and employee salaries are funded by franchise fees that are paid to them by the cable companies.

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Unicorns and narwhals meet at Manhattan’s Cloisters

NEW YORK CITY — Unicorns are the go-to symbol of the beautiful, the magical, the mystical and the probably impossible. No one in the modern world has ever seen one. And yet there are mentions of them in ancient and classical literature and they appear in classical art — perhaps most notably in the tapestries that are now part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, on display at The Cloisters in upper Manhattan. 

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