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Honoring a fallen officer

Former Dutchess County resident remembered


Joann Johanson Williams and Michael G. Williams, of Poughquag, center, prepare to accept the flag that covered the casket of their son fallen NYPD Officer Michael C. Williams outside St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in LaGrangeville on Thursday, Sept. 25.

By Kristine Coulter

They gathered to say good-bye to a neighbor, colleague, police officer, friend, relative, a son. Mourners attended the funeral service for New York Police Department Officer Michael C. Williams on Thursday, Sept. 25 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in LaGrangeville. They recalled his dream of being an NYPD officer and tried to take solace in the fact that he reached his dream.

“That’s what we do at NYPD, we’re a big family,” said Inspector Rodney Harrison about attending the funeral. Williams worked in a precinct that Harrison used to work in, Harrison said.

“He came to do his job. He worked in a really tough precinct,” explained Harrison.

It was on Sunday, Sept. 21 when the NYPD van Williams and eight other officers, on their way to security detail, were driving in careened off the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx in the early morning hours. Williams, who was ejected from the van, later died from his injuries at Lincoln Medical Center in NYC.

He worked out of the 47th precinct in the Bronx.

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Love of horsemanship and land:
Southlands honors founder Dows


Rider Lyn Rosen works with her horse, Alexander, at the Southlands Foundation near Rhinebeck. The not-for-profit school of horsemanship will host a Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 4, to honor Deborah Dows, the founder of Southlands. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by jim donick

Today the movement to protect the Hudson Valley’s heritage and natural beauty is well established. We have groups like River Keeper, Scenic Hudson, The Sloop Clearwater, and many others. These are all relatively recent developments and could never have taken root were it not for a few pioneers, who helped set the conservation agenda and showed both economically and philosophically what might be possible.

One of the earliest leaders in this movement was the late Deborah Dows, the founder of The Southlands Foundation near Rhinebeck. The centennial of her birth is being celebrated this weekend by the organization she founded. It was through Dows’ foresight that Southlands was established to protect the land against development, and the surrounding communities have benefited from her generosity.

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Beacon Free Press

Beacon filled with spirit and pride


Members of the Stephen Driscoll Pipe Band march in the annual Spirit of Beacon Day parade on Main Street. The event was held on Sunday, Sept. 28. - Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

The sun and warm temperatures ushered in the annual Spirit of Beacon Day on Sunday. Attendees were able to walk along Main Street and visit vendors during the five-hour event. According to officials, more 5,000 attended the festivities and watched the parade to celebrate this year’s theme of “Rediscovering Beacon.”

Volunteer with Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Joan Cornett said her main reason for attending Spirit of Beacon Day is “it shows how Beacon has grown. There’s so much diversity and culture.”

The ARF booth sold knishes and homemade basked goods.

Lucas Conca, also a volunteer with ARF, said volunteering is something that he enjoys. This was the first time Conca attended Spirit of Beacon Day.

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