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The Northern Dutchess News is a member of the Southern Dutchess News group and is fast becoming a staple in the lives of individuals in communities north and east of Poughkeepsie. Already named an “official newspaper” of Stanfordville and Rhinebeck, it also serves Hyde Park, Red Hook, Tivoli, Milan, Pine Plains, Amenia, Dover, Millbrook, Clinton Corners, Salt Point and Pleasant Valley. The Northern Dutchess News provides coverage of local town, village and school news, the Dutchess County Legislature, county legal notices, obituaries, plus coverage of arts and entertainment, hospitals, 4-H clubs , farming news, businesses and organizations.

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10/22/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Take a fun Halloween ride with Rhinecliff’s spooky storyteller

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) Children and parents can see and hear Baer perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at the annual Kids Halloween Party of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad. The firehouse is at 17 Shatzell Avenue in Rhincliff.

It’s one of several free spooky events set this weekend. Others include the Red Hook Library’s Monster Mash at the Red Hook Firehouse at 6: 30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24; the LaGrange Parks & Recreation Children’s Halloween Party from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the LaGrange Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 25; and the Town of Hyde Park Recreation Department Halloween Party on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2-3 p.m. at Hackett Hill Park. (Check out the Community Calendar on Page 9 for more details.)

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

Defending against Ebola

No local cases reported, but health officials are taking precautions

These health workers undergo interactive hands-on CDC training for working with Ebola patients. Photo courtesy of the CDC

by Ray Fashona
(Kate Goldsmith contributed to this report)

Ebola. Just the mention of the killer virus strikes at people’s deepest fears – a deadly, contagious disease for which there is no cure.

According to Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Kari Reiber there are currently “no cases of Ebola in Dutchess County or the surrounding counties.” Reiber said there have been no known cases of Ebola in New York state.

Still, local health and emergency services officials are preparing for the possibility. Everyone wants to be ready for the dire scenario.

In a letter to county officials, Reiber outlined the procedures that have been implemented by the Health Department.

--Surveillance/disease reporting. Health-care providers and labs are required to report all suspected cases of Ebola immediately.

--Case investigation and response. The Health Department has a 24/7 system in place to respond to and investigate possible Ebola cases and “to monitor that appropriate isolation is in place while an assessment is underway.”

--Communication with first responders and health-care providers. Screening and infection prevention guidelines have been given in first responders, hospital emergency departments, hospital infection prevention officials and health-care providers.

Reiber added, “Dutchess County is committed to keeping the public educated on the topic, and safe from Ebola.”

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

Writing out loud: tales, poetry shared at spoken word events

Spoken-word poet and Bard graduate Maya Osborne performs in Red Hook at Taste Budd’s Story Slam. Photo courtesy of Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

by Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

Local writers are leaving their desks and stepping onto the stage to read their work out loud at a variety of spoken word events that are popping up throughout Dutchess and Ulster counties. One of the most popular is Story Slam at Taste Budd’s Café in Red Hook. When Dara Lurie, writer and manuscript coach, pitched an idea for a “literary salon” at a local Chamber of Commerce meeting, Taste Budd’s owner Dan Budd said to himself “this might work.”

Budd is a faithful listener to The Moth Radio Hour, where the famous and the not-so-famous share extraordinary tales of everyday life.

“I wanted something community oriented, something where the well-known university folks and the talented beginners could share their stories,” says Budd.

When he asked Lurie to curate a Story Slam at his café, she didn’t have to think twice and set about organizing an ensemble performance of diverse literary and spoken word forms. On Sept. 20, 2013, Lurie’s first line-up appeared at Taste Budd’s Café featuring Kingston’s Storyteller Laureate, Karen Pillsworth, poet Laila Brady Walzer and writers Trish Heimers Dantzic and Rebecca Ryan.

Connecting with a live audience allows writers to take their creativity to the next level. Any writer will tell you that writing is often a frustrating endeavor filled with self-doubt and loneliness.

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

Also in the Oct 22-28, 2014 issue:

  • Gipson, Serino go toe-to-toe on issues
  • County to purchase building for OCIS
  • Photos from the Sheep & Wool Festival

The Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck was filled with visitors and vendors this past weekend who enjoy and take part in the many segments of the sheep and wool industry. In the photo, Lium Kennedy of Easton, NY trims a Merino ewe. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

  • County to host veterans on Nov. 1 at Wallace Center
  • Assembly District 103 candidate profiles: Kevin Cahill, Kevin Roberts

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘The Judge’
  • ‘Peter Pan’ lands at The Center

Pictured, from left, are James Klosty as Captain Hook and Risa Petrone as Tiger Lily. Photo by Jen Kiaba

  • Love to Cook: Dress up your cauliflower for Halloween
  • American Symphony Orchestra to open new season Oct. 24-25
  • Get Growing! Mennonites are part of central New York’s ag boom

Schools of the Week:

Stissing Mountain High School, Pine Plains

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