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Let the Games begin

Valley hosts Winter Special Olympics again


Ricky Miller, left, and Larry Lamb prepared to participate in the 2017 New York Special Olympics Winter Games.

By Ray Fashona

Ricky Miller is a sports fanatic who is looking forward to the 2017 New York Special Olympics Winter Games in the Hudson Valley.

Ricky, who participated in the 2016 Games in the Valley, said of the return of the Games to Dutchess County, “I love it. Everybody came to see me.”

Ricky, who lives in the Town of Poughkeepsie, is one of nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from around the state that will be in the Hudson Valley Feb. 17 and 18 for this year’s Games.

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‘Family-themed’ community
center takes shape in Red Hook


Dr. George Verrilli, left, and Ken Giek stand on the steps of the Red Hook Community Center at 59 Fisk St. Their vision is to facilitate a family-oriented center that will provide everything from addiction counseling to youth educational groups to services for seniors – and even entertainment. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

Ken Giek and Dr. George Verrilli have a vision of residents from Red Hook and the surrounding area coming together and helping one another in a variety of ways– much like one big family. And they even have a huge building and property that can serve as the catalyst.

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Howland Cultural Center celebrates African-American artists


The Howland Cultural Center is hosting an exhibit called “Celebrating African-American Artists of the Hudson Valley” through Feb. 26

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Education

The Howland Cultural Center (HCC) presents “Celebrating African-American Artists of the Hudson Valley,” through Sunday, Feb. 26. The exhibition, in its 22nd year, commemorates national Black History Month. The Opening Reception took place recently with guest artist Poet Gold.

“We were elated to see such an excellent turn-out from the community,” said Florence Northcutt, HCC Board president.

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