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12/4/19 Highlights of this week's edition...

Howland Cultural Center to host ‘Inclusion’

Latino American artists’ works highlighted 

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Home Page) The closing reception will be held on Sunday, Dec. 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center.

One of the artists whose work is displayed during the exhibit is local resident Nestor Madalengoitia.

“I participated in this exhibition for the last 15 years, and for me it is a confirmation of me as Latino person,” stated Madalengoitia. He said he also participate with his fellow Latino American artist, which allows him to be in touch with his artistic roots.

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

Verplanck Garden Club to host
Children’s Holiday Crafts Workshop Saturday

Members of the Verplanck Garden Club recently decorated the lower level of the Fishkill Town Hall. The annual Children’s Holiday Crafts Workshop is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 at the town hall. - Photos by Kristine Coulter

by Kristine Coulter

The Verplanck Garden Club is holding its annual Children’s Holiday Crafts Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The annual event will take place on the lower level of the Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52, in Fishkill.

One of the crafts will be to spread peanut butter on a cardboard tube. Then roll it is seeds. A string can be tied to it. It can then be used as a bird feeder for the birds.

“We’ve always had evergreens in mugs,” said Bonnie Detweiler, member of the Verplanck Garden Club.

Children can arrange an assortment of evergreens in the mugs. There will be different items one can place in the mugs along with the evergreens.

“Oh, its fun to see the little ones enjoy the crafts,” said Cecilia Schnackberg, a resident of East Fishkill and member of the garden club.

Inside the Dec 4-10, 2019 issue:

  • Monastery Vinegar Festival set Dec. 7-8

The 19th Annual Christmas Vinegar Festival will be held at Our Lady Of The Resurrection Monastery in Lagrangeville on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.
Volunteers are busily bottling 10 varieties of artisan vinegars and tonics, including a robust red, lively rose, and fragrant white, with many more unique flavors such as cherry, raspberry, apricot and beer to tease the palate.

  • Troop K to host Toys-for-Tots drive

Troop K will once again be joining forces with the United State Marine Corps to make the holiday season enjoyable for children in our local communities that are less fortunate. Each Troop K barracks will have a Toys-for-Tots collection box until Dec. 18.
For a list and contact information to find the most convenient Troop K barracks, go to

  • Putnam Chorale to perform at St. Joachim’s

Putnam Chorale to perform at St. Joachim’s in Beacon
Douglas Anderson, music director for The Putnam Chorale, announces that it will perform on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St Joachim Church, Liberty St. in Beacon and on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 83 Main St., in Brewster, Putnam County. The Chorale will perform “Let the Psalms Resound,” a selection of Old Testament Psalms interpretations by the Choral Masters, W.A. Mozart, J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel, accompanied by The Putnam Chorale Orchestra.
For more information, and ticket prices, please visit

  • Veteran Stand Down event set Dec. 7

Hosted by Mental Health America (MHA) Vet2Vet of Dutchess County, the Veteran Stand Down Event is a free lunch in the Greenspan Cafeteria at Dutchess Community College's Drumlin Hall. Many free services will be provided for veterans including healthcare screenings, financial services, homeless prevention assistance, legal services, free haircuts and more.
Dutchess County's Veterans Services Director Marc Coviello will also be on hand to provide benefits assistance.
For more information, contact the Vet2Vet office at (845) 473-2500, ext. 1307, or Vet-Tap program coordinator Tyler Mendelson at

  • Nuvance Health opens new HQMP Division of Primary Care facility

Health Quest Medical Practice, now part of Nuvance Health, is growing. A new Division of Primary Care office recently opened at 66 Middlebush Road in the Town of Wappinger, providing a convenient and accessible location for the community.
Primary Care Physician Dr. Patricia Shannon joined the practice when the facility opened in late October and is now seeing patients.
“I look forward to developing relationships with new patients and their families and welcoming my long-standing patients to this new facility,” Shannon said.
Shannon has been in practice for more than 30 years, having most recently served as an internist with Northern Medical Group in Fishkill. She also works as an adjunct faculty member for the Marist College Physician Assistant program.
Shannon earned her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in Montserrat, West Indies. She completed her residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. She is board certified in internal medicine.
The facility will continue to grow, bringing in an additional three providers in the coming months. The office has a total of eight exam rooms.

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


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