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Anti-addiction crusaders

Girl Scouts plan vigil to fight drug and alcohol abuse

Girls Scouts Emma Englert, from left, Lizzie Irving and Courtney Ashburn will be hosting a Vigil to Rause Awarness of Drug Addiction at Palmateer Memorial Park in Wappinger. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt

By Ray Fashona

Lizzie Irving, a 13-year-old student at Wappingers Junior High School, decided to turn personal loss into positive action.

“I lost my uncle to alcohol addiction and I have seen first-hand the heartbreak this has caused my family,” Lizzie said.

Courtney Ashburn, a 12-year-old student at Van Wyck Junior High, also used the death of a family member as inspiration.

“Addiction awareness is important to me because I watched my cousin, Matt, suffer from drug addiction,” Courtney said. “This was very difficult on our family after he died …”

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Fleece & hops spark learning quest at Clover Brooke Farm

Lifelong learners Michael and Andrea Tibbetts, with llamas and alpacas, are gaining more than their share of farming education. After operating a largely “backyard farm” in the Town of Hyde Park for several years, they purchased an 1850s homestead last year and are concentrating on fleece and hops. - Photos by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

Andrea and Michael Tibbetts consider themselves lifelong learners. Their next adventure – and the one for the foreseeable future? How about farming a Dutchess County homestead dating back to the 1850s-early 1900s?

The couple had “always dreamed of expanding” their small five-acre farm in the Town of Hyde Park. And in August of 2016 – after many years of studying and learning - they took the memorable leap and purchased a 25-acre farm, in spite of having two of three children in college.

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Fashion show to raise funds for cancer awareness

Sarah Graby-Boris, Mary Lewis and Keisha Miles are raising awareness about cancer and funds by hosting the “Pink Kiss” event on Saturday, October 21 at Atlas Studios in Newburgh, Orange County. - Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

The 5th annual “Pink Kiss” Breast Cancer Awareness event will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. at Atlas Studios, 11 Spring St., in Newburgh, Orange County. Several Beacon businesses are sponsors of the event.

Sparkle My Head Scarves is one of those businesses.

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