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American hero of Wappingers Falls honored on Saturday

Members of the “Heaven Can Wait” crew during training in the U.S. in 1943. Staff Sgt. Eugene Darrigan is standing second from the right. - Photo courtesy of USAAF, Darrigan family

By Anna Barton

Wappingers Falls grieved in March of 1944 when the United States B-24 Bomber, “Heaven Can Wait,” was struck by Japanese fire during a mission over New Guinea. “Heaven Can Wait” held Air Force Staff Sergeant Eugene Darrigan of Wappingers Falls, making the 26-year-old the first Wappingers Falls resident killed in action during World War II.

Darrigan was raised in Wappingers Falls, and graduated from Wappingers High School where he had been an avid track runner. He attended St. Mary’s Parish in Wappingers Falls, worked in the textile industry in the village and served at W.T. Garner Engine Company.

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Historic South Barn rises to meet future at Southlands

Standing in front of the newly restored South Barn at the Southlands Foundation are, from left, Nancy Strohsahl, spear head of the project and former president of the Board of Directors; Eve D’Ambra, current board president; Elise Quasebarth, board vice president; and Allison King, executive director. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

An iconic Hudson Valley landmark on Route 9 near Rhinebeck is looking much more like its former self these days – but with several improvements.

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Stony Kill Foundation hosts its annual Country Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22

Stacey Adnams, Stony Kill Farm Program Director, feeds 11-month-old “Lulu.” - Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

The Stony Kill Foundation will host its annual Country Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls.

“We’re having the Blumberg come this year,” remarked Stacey Adnams, Program Director Stony Kill Farm. They will have a team of oxen and draft horses.

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