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COPAKE — When Cutting Edge T Delilah blew out the candles on her seventh birthday cake on Dec. 2, she did so as a two-time Supreme Champion.   

Delilah is owned by Ken Main of Elite Dairy in Copake, N.Y., and Dr. Kenny Joe Manion of Kentucky. 

She is one of only four Brown Swiss cows to have been named Supreme Champion at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., in the past 50 years. Following her win in the same category in 2018, Delilah is the first Brown Swiss to win Supreme Champion two years in a row since 1988-1989. 

Main bought Delilah...

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Recovery coaches help the newly sober

In 12-step recovery groups, newcomers often ask established members with significant sober time to be their “sponsors.” 
Sponsors help the newly sober person get through the confusion and turmoil of early recovery. Many sponsors and sponsees continue to work together for years.
Professional recovery coaches provide a similar service.
Tom Russo is the communications manager at Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) in Hartford. Before moving to his current job he worked as an emergency department recovery coach.

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Stanford Community Day celebrates Main Street

STANDFORDVILLE — The town of Stanford is gearing up for the 61st Annual Stanford Community Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 15). Sponsored by Stanford Grange 808 since 1959, this year’s event will focus on Main Street, with the opening of the new Stanford Free Library building right next door to the Grange Hall. 
The new library adds to the community center feeling along Route 82 with the Grange Hall, McCarthy’s Pharmacy, Roosters Route 82, Big Rock Farm Community Market, and now the library.

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Warriors, with tomatoes in hand

WASSAIC — With their satchels stuffed with plump tomatoes and their eyes on the target, participants of all ages set off to battle for a good cause at the fourth annual Tomato War on Saturday, Aug. 31. 
Held at Hawk Hill Farm in Wassaic, participants received protective eyewear, a satchel, an official event T-shirt and other tokens for the price of their ticket. 

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From farm to flowers

ANCRAMDALE — Following a structure fire at the Millerhurst Farm in neighboring Ancramdale last October that demolished a pair of dairy barns and killed 46 dairy cows, the Miller family continues to rebuild. 

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Pity the toll taker

A toll bridge over the Housatonic River between North Canaan and Chapinville in Salisbury “was built by a joint stock company called the North Canaan Bridge Co., which raised the necessary $1,500 for the project by selling 60 shares of stock at $25 each,” Rail Tales columnist Richard Paddock wrote in this newspaper’s Jan. 15, 2009, issue. 

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All fired up at Grillsdale food festival

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HILLSDALE — Toasting the final weeks of summer, Shire 935 Events, an events company based in Hillsdale, called upon a cornucopia of chefs, musicians and more from Dutchess County, Columbia County and the Berkshires to take part in the fourth annual Grillsdale festival on Saturday, Aug. 24.

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New laws protect animal welfare

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — Earlier this month, the Dutchess County Legislature unanimously adopted county-wide Animal Abuse Registry and Tethering Regulation local laws. The laws will help protect animals from cruelty and maltreatment.

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The Harlem Valley prepares to go back to school on Sept. 4

HARLEM VALLEY — With much of summer but a happy memory, school personnel are enthusiastically looking toward the return of the students who will bring their buildings back to life on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
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Happy to be returning, Millbrook Superintendent of Schools Phil D’Angelo said, “I just love the enthusiasm and the excitement” as well-rested students return ready to take on the possibilities the new year offers. He added, “that’s why we become educators.”

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Schools prioritize safety for 2019-20

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HARLEM VALLEY — Now that the 2019-20 school year has arrived, school district administrators across the Harlem Valley have turned their attention back to a familiar issue: school safety and security. Local school districts have been working to ensure that their buildings are secure, staff informed and students able to focus on their academics — knowing they’re studying within a safe environment.

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Thrills at the grill

Festival goers from around the region were ready to engage in an evening of first-rate food and entertainment at the fourth annual Grillsdale on Saturday, Aug. 24. For full story and more photos, see All fired up at Grillsdale food festival.

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