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Great Give Back allows library patrons to contribute to their community

The Great Give Back, taking place Oct. 19, is a day for patrons of the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) to participate in service-oriented events. Courtney Wimmers, Outreach and Engagement Specialist for the MHLS, and Executive Director for the MHLS Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, believe this is just one way to demonstrate that “Libraries Change Lives.” - Photo by Anna Barton

By Anna Barton

For the first time state-wide, New York’s libraries are giving back through the “Great Give Back” initiative this Saturday, Oct. 19.

“The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences,” states the Great Give Back website (

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director for the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), is excited that the libraries have taken on these collective impact projects. One of the greatest missions of libraries, she said, is to “connect people to do good works.”

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McCord family farm grows with Sheep & Wool Festival

39th annual event set on weekend at DC Fairgrounds

Upper Red Hook sheep farmer Bruce McCord is in the pen with two sheep from his Ewe’ll Wonder Farm and his grandchildren Evan and Haley McCord. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

For the McCord family of Upper Red Hook, sheep farming began when Karen and Bruce bought a Suffolk ewe at the very first New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in 1980.

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Car show to give Beacon’ Main St. ‘nostalgic feel’ Sunday

Poughkeepsie resident Ray Schrader sits in his 1967 Dodge in Beacon. - Archive photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

The Dutchess Cruisers and Beacon Chamber Car Show will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 on Main St. in Beacon. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The show goes until 4 p.m. Main St. will be closed from Teller Ave. to Willow St. starting at around 8 a.m. The rain date is Oct. 27.The show is put on by the Beacon Chamber of Commerce and the Dutchess Cruisers Car Club.

"Last year there were at least 5,000 people," said Carl Oken, president of the Beacon Chamber.

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