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Project gets checkup

Lt. Gov. visits Vassar Brothers’ half-billion dollar expansion

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, from left, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Board Chair Françoise Dunefsky, New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and medical center President Ann McMackin discuss the patient pavilion project in the Prototype Experience on the City of Poughkeepsie hospital campus. - Courtesy photo

By Ray Fashona

New York State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Vassar Brothers Medical Center last week to get a first-hand look at the City of Poughkeepsie hospital’s $500 million expansion project.

The state has so far awarded $3.75 million toward the project in Empire State Development grants, and Hochul said on Twitter she was in Poughkeepsie to “to check out the expansion project supported by NYSESDC grants.”

Tim Massie, senior vice president of marketing, public affairs and government relations for Health Quest, which operates Vassar and two other local hospitals, said Hochul encouraged Health Quest to submit another request during the next grant cycle.

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Northern Dutchess News

New Ticket Entrance Building taking shape at DC Fairgrounds

The new 3,500 square-foot Ticket Entrance Building at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds will feature a true post-and-beam style of construction. Workers have laid the foundation and are finishing the main structure. Courtesy photo and photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

Addressing the concerns of expediency, visual appearance and even mixing in some “fair education” – that’s the goal of the newest addition to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.

Currently in the early phases of construction, the 3,500-square-foot Ticket Entrance Building will house up to eight ticket sellers, a new computerized ticket system, a central hall with historic fair photos and accompanying information and package it all in a bright red barn with a silver metal roof and cupola.

It’s a design befitting the agricultural roots of the fair, now in its 172nd year.

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Beacon Free Press

Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy at parade Monday

The Southern Dutchess Coalition Choir, conducted by Minister of Music John Harris, III, will sing at the MLK Day Afternoon Service, at Springfield Baptist Church, on Monday, Jan. 16.
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By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

Dr. Martin Luther King’s non-violent gift of freedom for all through peaceful protest liveson as the all-day 39th annual MLK Day Celebration takes place all day Monday, Jan. 16. It starts with the 4th Annual Dr. King Parade, at 10 a.m., a singing procession with whole community invited. Festivities organized by the Southern Duchess Coalition will be held at Springfield Baptist Church, at 8 Mattie Cooper Square, Rev. Ronald O. Perry, pastor.

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