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4/29/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Beacon Barks! brings dogs, dog lovers, and spectators together

By Jared Bernacchia

(Continued from Cover) Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beacon Barks! saw a number of businesses, animal shelters, rescue and welfare organizations set up shop on both sides of the west end of Main Street. Food vendors were present, with live music from a band being played in the lot adjacent to the DMV.

“It’s great fun,” stated Beacon resident Heather Morgan, mother of five. “I brought my kids and our dog with me today, and we’ve all had a blast. We’ve come every year they’ve had this parade… I had to leave work early this year to make it!”

Beacon’s Animal Rescue Foundation, better known as “ARF” was present at the event for the ninth consecutive year.

“I enjoy Beacon Barks! every year because there’s so many dogs running around,” stated Diane Roman, a volunteer for ARF. “What’s fun to see is that they’re all in different shapes and sizes, yet the they all get along so well.”

According to spectators, the crowd was bigger than ever for this year’s event.

“I think it’s a combination of the weather being so nice and Beacon being a hot spot for tourists,” stated Beacon resident Mike Mojica, somebody who has attended the festival for the last five years. “I see lots of people here that I haven’t seen in Beacon before.”

The event was hosted by Dutchess County SPCA and the Beacon Barkery.

More information about Beacon Barks! and it’s annual festival can be found at

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Volunteers clean up Mount Beacon Park for Earth Day

Dennis Skora rakes on Earth Day as part of Scenic Hudson’s cleanup day at Mount Beacon Park. -Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

On Earth Day, Scenic Hudson hosted a cleanup day at Mount Beacon Park, at Route 9D and Howland Avenue. Approximately 30 volunteers gave of their time to pick up garbage, rake and weed. One group even hiked to the top of the mountain.

“Today we’re going to do planting beds maintenance, trash maintenance and trail improvements,” said Anthony Coneski, Event and Volunteer Coordinator.

There were gardening gloves, rakes and other supplies there for the volunteers to use, including trash bags.

“Most of these people already felt the rewards of volunteering. Hopefully they feel good pitching in on Earth Day and leave feeling happy,” Coneski said.

Sarah Womer, owner of Zero to Go, told the volunteers, “What I’m doing today is what I do at my events – educate the public.” She said it is would be worth it to recycle items that were found at the park.

“Recycling is easy. We need it here. We need it everywhere,” she said.

Coneski said the group would go up the mountain and the walk would be one-mile up and strenuous.

“We’ll have each of you carry a trash bag,” he said, also telling them to fill it on the way down.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Apr 29-May 5, 2015 issue:

  • Howland Public Library Director honored

Attendees at the Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy Dinner held April 22 included, from left, Donna Haynes, library trustee; Prudence Poser, president of the Board of Trustees; County Legislator April Farley; library trustee Thomas Rigney; Charlie Kelly, Beacon city councilman. - Courtesy photo


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