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3/22/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

Snowstorm bashes Dutchess

Highway crews praised for extraordinary effort

By Ray Fashona and Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Cover)  “We are grateful for the cooperation and patience from the public throughout the storm in order to ensure the safety of residents and snow removal crews,” said County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “We are deeply appreciative to our county DPW highway crews, as well as the state and local municipal crews who have been working long hours throughout the day and night to ensure our roadways are clear and safe to travel.”

Molinaro declared a state of emergency March 14, banning travel on public road. It was lifted at 4 a.m. on March 15.

“The public is urged to continue to avoid travel if possible, but for those who need to drive, leave extra time and use extreme caution,” Molinaro added. “Many secondary roads are not in good condition yet and there are very high snow mounds at many intersections making visibility limited.”

The County Executive urged all Dutchess School districts to close March 15, which they did. Some closed again on Thursday.

Snow totals ranged from 19.5 inches in Wappinger and Hyde Park to 26 inches in Red Oaks Mill and Pine Plains, according to Wasula. He added that pinpointing exact amounts was difficult because of all the blowing snow.

Wappinger Highway Superintendent Vincent Bettina said his crew of 14 worked 36 hours, taking occasional two- or three-hour breaks. Three trucks broke down because of the wet, heavy snow, he said.

“The roads were terrible,” he said March 16, “but we got them to the point of being passable. Right now they’re in good shape.”

Bettina said the town has 284 streets, 17 snow routes and 100 miles of road. As of Thursday, crews were beginning to use front loaders to move snow from intersections. One of the dangers comes when vehicles attempt to turn from one road onto another with snow piled so high it is difficult to see.

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

Beacon Welcome Center seeks volunteers

The Beacon Visitors Center is looking for volunteers

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

Good things come in small packages, as the Beacon Welcome Center clearly demonstrates. The six by sixteen foot structure is located across from Municipal Plaza, at 1146 Wolcott Avenue (Route 9D), in Polhill Park. Center volunteers greeted 3,570 visitors in 2016. Operated by the Beacon Chamber, it is staffed entirely by volunteers from April through November.

Volunteer coordinator Carman Johnson expressed enthusiasm. “It’s great meeting all kinds of people dropping in and letting them know what’s going on. Many speak languages that I don’t understand, but somehow we’re able to communicate. We’re actively seeking more volunteer to join our team,” she said.

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

Also in the Mar 22-28, 2017 issue:

  • BHS senior recognized as 2017 student of year candidate.

Amber Butler, a Beacon High School student, led Team Inspired and raised more than $18,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Amber was the recipient of the Citizenship Award for Outstanding Leadership.


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