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11/18/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Howland Public Library appoints new director

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Cover) The service population “is bigger” at her new job, as well as the number of people on staff.

“There are a lot of really great programs and it’s obviously by attendance, what the community wants,” Raff noted about programs offered by Howland Public Library.

Raff received a Master of Library Science and Information Technology degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration from Long Island University. She earned her BA from the University of Oregon.

Raff inherited a construction plan for her new place of work, which she plans to keep up with. There is also the board’s five-year plan.

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

A change for the better

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the participants of the BetterU program at Gold’s Gym in LaGrange on Tuesday, November 10.
-Photo by Kristine Coulte

by Kristine Coulter

The 13 women chosen to participate in the upcoming American Heart Association BetterU program were announced during a luncheon at Gold’s Gym on Titusville Road. This will be the 5th year the program is being held in Dutchess County.

Poughkeepsie resident Debra Lucas has a history of heart disease in her family. Lucas was 9 years old when her mother died from heart disease.

Lucas entered the program “to feel better, to get my life on track and to be around for my daughter and to feel healthy again.”

After the 12-week program is completed, Lucas said she wants “my weight to be lower, my overall health to be better and to have more energy.”

Newburgh resident Jenn Slader was chosen to take part in the program. She saw an advertisement for BetterU when she paid her bill for Central Hudson Gas & Electric. The company is sponsoring the program.

“I’ve struggled with some heart iss

Also in the Nov 18-24, 2015 issue:

  • Dutchess County Historical Society honors Beaconite

Beacon historian Bob Murphy accepts the 2015 DCHS Dutchess Award from Historical Society President Denise VanBuren.
- Courtesy photo


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