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3/25/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Beacon firehouse tour: Facilities in need of upgrade

(Continued from Cover) One can see the beauty of the Beacon Engine Firehouse in the large meeting room on the second floor when looking at the ceiling with its exquisite detail-work. Walk to the next room to look out the large picture window and one can see the sunlight through not only the window but also the frame itself, which is coming undone from the building.

All the windows are single-pane windows, said the chief.

This building is partly owned by the City of Beacon and partly owned by the volunteers, explained Van Voorhis.

“There’s no ramp at all here,” he said. One has to pull in the street to work on the rig. The emergency generator does not work. There is a domestic washer/dryer, when a commercial one should be used, he said.

“Regular maintenance is tough,” said Eric Jensen, career firefighter. He said he brings the rig to Lewis Tompkins Hose, on South Ave., if work needs to be done.

“I like trying to help people. I can’t guarantee I can help you, some things are beyond our abilities, but I’ll try to,” said Jensen about why he became a firefighter.

He said working at Beacon Engine is “like a ghost town.”

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Beacon Green Teen plans 2015 season

Members of the 2014 Beacon Green Teen team. - Courtesy photo

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

Even with all the high-tech bling enchanting young hearts and minds, some local kids are also hip to soil, seeds and organic farming. That is where Beacon Green Teen, a youth empowerment program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, comes into play. It hires Beacon youngsters to grow delicious veggies at various city spots. Beacon Green Teen marked its tenth year in 2014.

"This winter we celebrated with a reunion," said director Helanna Bratman. "All past youth hired by the program were invited to come back and see old friends, a time to reminisce about the good old days and old gardens. Since 2004, there have been a couple of different garden spots. Many might remember the sunny garden in front of the old Beacon High School. We also used to plant 200 tomato plants at Stony Kill Community Gardens yearly, then turn the crop into our fabulous original salsa, sold at local stores. In 2011, we set up a new garden at what is now called the Beacon Rec Center, located at 23 West Center Street. Another new garden, the Common Greens Garden, is located at Tito Santana on Main Street. This year we are eagerly anticipating yet another expansion, at Main and Cross Streets."

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

Also in the Mar 25-31, 2015 issue:

  • Barb's Butchery offers local meat and poultry

Eddie Merhige is ready to help customers at Barb's Butchery.
- Photo by Kristine Coulter


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