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09/17/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Red Hook rocks!

Vibrant village set for 37th Hardscrabble Day

by jim donick

(Continued from cover) “Hardscrabble,” you say? “Is that a comment on the degree of difficulty encountered in a well known word game?” No, hardly.

Once upon a time Red Hook and its surrounding area was often referred to as the hardscrabble area. Farms weren’t quite as prosperous as much of the rest of the valley, and farmers had to scrape and scratch to make a living. Scrape and scratch they did, and the result today is one of the most vibrant villages in the county.

Red Hook Hardscrabble Day, now in its 37th year, was originally run by the Chamber of Commerce. But, as committee member and Red Hook Village Trustee Jen Norris notes, “at some point it became too much for them in light of all of their other responsibilities. You might say they had earned a degree of ‘festival fatigue,’ so we put together a committee nine years ago to take it over and we’ve been doing it ever since.”

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Hyde Park CSD sets vote to fund Haviland heating system repairs

by Kate Goldsmith

HYDE PARK--Voters in the Hyde Park Central School District have been asked to approve a $3 million bond proposition to fund work on the heating system at Haviland Middle School.

The referendum is set Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the Haviland Middle School gymnasium. Anyone who is already registered for general elections is eligible to vote. Those wishing to register may do so on Monday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the District Administration building, 11 Boice Road, Hyde Park.

The project entails replacing some of the heating infrastructure in Haviland’s A and B wings, including piping and classroom air handlers, which date back to 1957. In December 2011, voters approved the purchase of new boilers for Haviland and five other district schools, which were installed and are functioning properly, according to officials.

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Millbrook to inaugurate Museum in the Streets

This panel is part of Millbrook’s Museum in the Streets installation, which will be unveiled Oct. 4. Courtesy photo

On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Village of Millbrook will unveil its Museum in the Streets, a self-guided walking tour featuring 31 permanent plaques designed to promote a sense of historical identity and encourage the preservation of local history throughout the Village of Millbrook and the surrounding Town of Washington.

The bilingual plaques, in English and Italian, will be the first American installation of Museum in the Streets, an international program, to use Italian as a second language. The choice of Italian as a second language is to acknowledge the many Italian families who first settled in Millbrook in the early 20th century, when they came to work as stonemasons or laborers on the large estates. Many of these families came from an area halfway between Rome and Naples, in or near the town of Fondi, 80 miles south of Rome.

The event will take place at the Millbrook Band Shell at 11 a.m., and is open to the public free of charge. It will celebrate the history of Millbrook in song.

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Also in the Sep 17-23, 2014 issue:

  • Photos from Hoptember Harvestfest
  • Fight with feds over electricity costs continues
  • County to solicit bids for private airport operator
  • Women encouraged to apply for BetterU Challenge
  • ‘Project Animal Rescue’ film screening offered Sept. 21
  • Madeleine Albright discusses pin collection at FDR Library
  • Photos from Pleasant Valley, Stanford community celebrations
  • Online auction under way for surplus county vehicles, equipment
  • Red Hook, Staatsburg teams nab top honors in Battle of the Books

Red Hook Public Library’s team captured first place in the Sept. 6 Battle of the Books competition. Staatsburg Library’s team placed second. Photos by Ginny Figlia

  • County to host community forum on drug addiction and prevention
  • DC Classic race will close some roads Sunday in LaGrange, Pleasant Valley

In Creative Living:

  • Earth Wise: Energy scavenging
  • That’s Italian! Pomodori e Crostini
  • Ron reviews ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
  • Jim Donick reviews ‘Doubt’ at County Players

Julie Eads Woolley is Sister Aloysius and Rick Meyer is Father Flynn in County Players’ production of “Doubt.” Photo by Joe Pettignano

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