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HARLEM VALLEY — There are plenty of activities sure to spook and delight as Halloween draws near. Below is a list of what’s happening around the region in anticipation of All Hallows’ Eve.

Millerton

• NorthEast-Millerton Library, 75 Main St., Costume Parade to Farmers Market, Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.

• NorthEast-Millerton Library, 75 Main St., story hour and non-food Trick or Treat on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. No Haunted House this year.

• Fire Company Block Party, ...

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Du Bois Memorial Park celebrated, 50 years later

Great Barrington’s W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee plans an ambitious day of activities to commemorate the controversial dedication, a half-century ago, of Du Bois Memorial Park on Route 23. Now maintained by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as the Du Bois Boyhood Homesite, the property is open to visitors in warmer months for self-guided walking tours. The event will be Friday, Oct. 18.
Randy Weinstein, chair of the Legacy Committee, believes the town has increasingly come to embrace its most famous native son. In 1969, there was considerable discomfort.

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Dutchess County sets the pace for being climate smart

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — Driven by its commitment to mitigate adverse impacts on the environment, Dutchess County was recently certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) with the Bronze Level designation in the New York State Certified Climate Smart Community (CSC) program.

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How the Dutchess Land Conservancy originally began

DUTCHESS COUNTY — In 100 years, if a family piles into whatever conveyance people will pile into on that future day, and meanders around North East, much will have changed from today, but some of the area’s most striking vistas will still be there.
Those elements of a never-changing landscape will be thanks to generous, forward thinking families and individuals who sacrificed development dollars for a guarantee of a well preserved environment for future generations to enjoy.

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A pilot’s take on the B-17 crash

Three weeks before the tragic loss of life in the B-17 crash at Bradley Field, my brother Michael and I toured that plane at Oxford Airport. Michael is a licensed pilot and had flown in that plane many times. He even got to take the controls on one flight to Boston some years ago.
The B-17 was owned by the Collings Foundation, which travels around the country with its fleet of World War II planes. They include two other bombers, a B-24 (the last airworthy one in the world) and a B-25, and two fighters, a P-51 Mustang and a P-40 Warhawk.

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Recording the history of Luther Barn - Part II: From livestock stalls to artists’ studios

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WASSAIC — Whether finding space for artists to work or space to hold seasonal exhibitions and activities, The Wassaic Project has had Luther Barn in its vision. What was once known as a popular livestock market and auction ring operated by the Luther family has since been altered to house makeshift studios for resident artists. Many changes have been made to the barn since it was purchased for The Wassaic Project in 2007. Much of its history has been preserved and retold over the years, even as the barn developed a new purpose in the hamlet of Wassaic.

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Local food sourcing keeps students eating healthily

HARLEM VALLEY — Facing  hundreds of hungry — but sometimes picky — children needing healthy, tempting school lunches every day, food service directors are upping their game by looking to local food sources to fill their plates.

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New DOT head peppered with questions at meeting

GOSHEN — The new commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, Joseph Giulietti, had good news and bad news for the members of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The COG is made up of the first selectmen of 21 Litchfield County towns, including all six towns in the Region One School District.
The good news was that going forward it will be easier to get federal loans for transportation projects.
The bad news is the agency is carrying a lot of debt.

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Cornwall’s mysterious Terrall alias Kyle alias Halliday

Criminal mischief has been rampant in the Northwest Corner. On paper.
Adding to our literary crime file — it already includes writers Georges Simenon of Lakeville (discussed in this space in the Jan. 24 issue) and Judson Philips of Sharon and East Canaan  (June 20) — is Robert Terrall of Cornwall, later Sharon and Salisbury.

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Public hearing on proposed GRJH gas station remains open

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COPAKE — Continuing the public hearing on GRJH Inc.’s proposal for a gas station in the hamlet of Craryville, the Copake Planning Board opened the floor to new information and findings from members of the Save Craryville coalition at the board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5. Following the presentation of the new material, Planning Board members were conflicted in deciding whether to keep the public hearing open or to close it for good.

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Millerhurst Farm resumes milking operations in new barn

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ANCRAMDALE — Nearly a year after a devastating electrical fire destroyed their farm’s two dairy barns, killing 46 of their 47 dairy cows and forcing the farm’s remaining animals to find temporary homes, the Miller family of Ancramdale has at last welcomed their beloved cows back to Millerhurst Farm and resumed the farm’s milking operations, this time within the shelter of a new and improved barn.

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