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6/20/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Renegades ready for 25th season

Improvement is the mindset for talented youngsters

By Robert Bouffard

(Continued from cover) Out of the 27 players on the roster, only three are returning from last year’s team: pitchers Andrew Gist, Nick Padilla and Blake Pflughaupt. Gist pitched three innings to close out the championship game for the Renegades last season and Padilla and Pflughaupt both were important contributors to the team and its success.

Even though the Renegades won last year’s championship, the team looks very different this year. First off, they promoted Blake Butera from bench coach to manager. Butera spent time playing for the Renegades as part of two total years in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system.

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Trio head of their class for Beacon High School graduation

They are at the head of their class. Pictured, from left, Rayna Thompson, CTI BOCES valedictorian; Jummie Akinwunmi, valedictorian, and Juliet Trautman, salutatorian.
-Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

The Beacon High School graduation is set for Saturday, June 23.
Jummie Akinwunmi is the class of 2018 valedictorian.

“I’m going to Yale [University]. I maybe studying biology and doing a pre-med track,” said Jummie. She remarked, “They obviously, have good programs all around.”

Jummie said she did not expect to get into Yale.

“The campus is just beautiful,” she noted.

Jummie said her favorite classes at BHS were psychology and English.

“I’m definitely excited,” she said about heading off to college.
Rayna Thompson is the CTI BOCES valedictorian for the Class of 2018.

Rayna will be attending the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park after graduation.

“Baking is really simple to me – ‘cause it involves science and math, which I love,” explained Rayna.

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Inside the June 20-26, 2018 issue:

  • ‘World Circus’ film showing set

As part of the summer’s CIRCUS! @ The Howland series of events, The Howland Cultural Center is proud to be screening an award-winning documentary film, “World Circus,” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 22. Admission is $5. The center is at 477 Main St. Director and producer Angela Snow will be present to introduce, show the film and answer questions.

  • Creative Strings Improvises Orchestra hosts summer program

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

What does plucking, bowing and jazz have in common? The Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra. Founder and Artistic Director Gwen Laster, of Beacon, is a game-changing “champion of intuitive education.” The Beacon-based program runs year-round and is presently tuning up to Concert A for a series of summer workshops held on every Tuesday beginning June 26 through August 14. There are two levels of instruction. Level One: 4-5 p.m., “Roots and Rhythms” for up to 2 years of playing. Level Two: 5-6 p.m., “Songs, Improvisation, Composition,” for musicians with 3+ years of study. Classes take place at Compass Arts, located at 395 Main Street. The Orchestra has performed at Towne Crier Cafe and other local venues.

  • PV Fire Department leading trip to mobile ‘Wall that heals

By jim donick
In this 2018 Dutchess County Year of the Veteran, the Pleasant Valley and Salt Point Volunteer Fire Companies have announced a major program to visit the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall when it arrives in Newburgh in early August.

  • County Clerk Kendall Selected as 2018 Clerk of the Year

Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall was honored by his peers as recipient of the 2018 Clerk of the Year Award and one of the three statewide Annual Achievement Awards. The presentation was made at the New York State Association of County Clerks (NYSACC) conference. Kendall, currently serving in his twelfth year as the County’s recorder of land records, Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts, and County Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, was hailed for his leadership and business style approach to the operations of the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office. Known for his pragmatic manner, Kendall has immersed himself in the day to day operations of the Clerk’s Office and can regularly be seen working behind the counters, alongside his staff.

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