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The 5K Orchard Run will take place at Fishkill Farms in East Fishkill on Sunday, July 29

The Fishkill Rotary will host a 5K Orchard Run on Sunday, July 29 at Fishkill Farms in East Fishkill. Pictured are Rotarians Tristan Smith and Vicki Kessler. -Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

The Fishkill Rotary will hold a 5K Orchard Run will be held on Sunday, July 29 at Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, in East Fishkill. Participants must pre-register at The registration fee is $25.

Vicki Kessler, Immediate Past President, is a four-year Rotarian who has been involved with the Rotary for a decade. She said there will be three races held that day.

“The first race is the Kids’ Dash at 8 a.m. It’s just over ½ mile for 12 and under. They will run around in a loop in the heart of Fishkill Farms and will come up the same spot where they finished, explained Kessler.

The Runners’ Race is a 5K through the apple orchard. This is the race for participants who want to be timed. Adults (and children) can compete on the designated course.

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Equine-assisted connection grows at Hope Rising Farm

Neighbor and volunteer Lois Alimonti, left, and Hope Rising Farm owner Jackie Wikane, right, assist Karen from the Arc of Dutchess as she learns to lead “Bello.” The activities are part of a 10-week program for residents at the Arc of Dutchess. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

As a veteran rider and competitor on the show circuit and now therapeutic instructor, Jackie Wikane has a keen understanding of the connection between horses and the healing benefits the animals bring to many individuals – particularly those in the developmentally disabled community.

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Salierno named new Howland Public Library director

Kristen Salierno is the new director for the Howland Public Library. - Courtesy photo by Michelle Rivas

By Kristine Coulter

Kristen Salierno is the new director of the Howland Public Library. She began her new position earlier this month.

“I think that since I was little, I was always interested in reading,” said Salierno. Her mother read to her every night – gladly, she added.

Salierno received her master’s degree from Long Island University’ C.W. Post campus. Her undergraduate degree was earned from Adelphi University.

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