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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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NOTICE OF EARLY DEADLINE
Due to a holiday press schedule for Christmas and New Year’s Day, Northern Dutchess News will has the following early deadlines:
Dec. 25: Editorial and calendar submissions must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. Advertising is due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 18.
Jan. 1, 2014: Editorial and calendar submissions, as well as advertising, must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Call (845) 297-3723 for more information.
Mary Liberatore of George T. Whalen Insurance and Stacey Langenthal of the Bank of Millbrook welcome visitors to the second annual Parade of Lights in Millbrook on Friday, Dec. 6. Photo by Curtis Schmidt
by Danielle Fried
Holiday parades have become as traditional and anticipated as
community day parades and July 4th parades. Northern Dutchess County
offers several, with Millbrook stepping out on Friday, Dec. 6, and
Stanford on Saturday, Dec. 7.
This year marks the second Parade of Lights in Millbrook and promises to be even better than its debut. Organizer and originator Brian Hicks promises some surprises:
“Don’t miss it. Come and see it. It’s going to be different than all the other parades around,” he said.
Notable changes have been made to the event to accommodate the many parade participants. The tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m., immediately followed by Santa’s arrival. At approximately 6:30, the Parade of Lights will head up Franklin Avenue, starting at the Bennett light and ending at the Thorne building. Refreshments will be served in the Town Hall to all parade participants.
Hayrides will be offered as part of New Year’s Eve Millbrook this year, rather than after Friday’s parade.
Parade line-up starts at 5 p.m. All are welcome. No registration is required to participate.
The Town of Stanford’s Parade of Lights is a long-standing community tradition. This year’s parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Park and travels up Route 82, past the firehouse.
Duffy Layton, local business owner and member of the holiday lights committee, offers visitor parking on his business’s gravel lot on Hunns Lake Road.
Layton also traditionally leads off the parade with his calliope - a large, musical wagon hitched up to four horses. Town Clerk Ritamary Bell said Layton’s calliope has been in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, making it a point of pride for the Town.
“It’s so nice that something that was in the Macy’s parade belongs in our Town, leading our parade,” said Bell.
Read the full story in this week’s print edition.
Farm Director Justin Riccobono, left, and owner Carmine Istvan of Dutchess Hops at Eastern View Farm and Nursery in LaGrange display a bowl of hops – a crop they are banking on to revive a Hudson Valley industry. Photo by Curtis Schmidt
by Ray Fashona
LAGRANGE – Beer is as New York as, well, milk
and apples. In fact, from colonial times through much of the 19th
century, New York was the beer capital of the nation. Now the
Midwest reigns, with mega-brewers like Anheuser Busch and Coors.
A farm in LaGrange that started as a base for growing flowers is aiming to bring back the glory days of New York brewing in a big way. Dutchess Hops at Eastern View Farm and Nursery is starting with beer’s key ingredient: hops.
Quality water and other grains are important in the making of beer, but any brewmeister will tell you it’s mostly the hops that give beer its flavor. Dutchess Hops harvested its first crop of hops this fall – about 200 pounds’ worth when dried.
And that’s just the beginning, according to farm manager Justin Riccobono. In 2014, the “bineyard” (not to be confused with vineyard) should be ready to produce about 4,000 pounds.
“New York was the hops capital of the nation until the 1890s,” said farm owner Carmine Istvan, who originally bought the property as a way of supplying his landscaping businesses with flowers, trees and bushes.
But disease and then Prohibition killed the industry, he said.
Now, said Riccobono, about 80 percent of American hops come from the Pacific Northwest. If he and Istvan have their way, that percentage is going to change.
“Right now, we’re the only hops farm in the Hudson Valley,” said Istvan. “But we’re going to teach others. It’s part of our heritage.”
Joe Felece is Dr. Bessner in Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile,” playing through this weekend at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Photo by Caleb Lococo
by Jim Donick
Dame Agatha Christie has given us countless novels and plays
within the mystery genre. Her play “The Mousetrap” is the longest
running play in history. It opened in London in November 1952 and is
still going strong.
“Murder on the Nile,” as a play, predates “the Mousetrap” by a few years. It opened in 1945. It could be argued by some that it’s an inferior play to its better-known counterpart, but it still makes for a satisfying evening.
We are offered a whodunit with enough surprises, twists and turns to satisfy the most addicted of mystery novel fans. “Murder on the Nile” is a variation on the classical “country house” mystery, where a limited group of people are thrown together for a weekend of grouse shooting or such, and one of their number is dispatched unexpectedly and most permanently. As the story unfolds it often appears that a number of the guests might each have good reason for the shooting, so the question becomes which one actually did it.
The Center’s production works very nicely. Barbara Melzer’s direction is solid and her attention to detail impressive. The set, more theatrical magic by Andy Weintraub, is nearly perfect. It is the main lounge of the river steamer.
Casting is even better.
Read the full story in this week’s print edition.
Spackenkill High School graduate Ashlynn Mohan is flanked by parents Patricia McKeon and Mark Mohan at a recent Red Cross ceremony. Ashlynn was honored for resuscitating an unconscious man in the parking lot of a local doctor’s office. Photo by Ray Fashona
Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown continues its holiday programming Dec. 7-8 with “A Child’s Christmas,” an event recommended for children age 3-10 and their families. Drop in from 10 a.m. to noon for a stocking-foot tour of the decorations, then stop to read a story with the family’s nursemaid at the foot of the Christmas tree in the oak-paneled library. Each child will receive candy in their shoes from Santa Claus and a special Christmas gift. Hot cider, cookies and fruit will be served in the kitchen. Tickets are $3 per person, and no reservations are necessary. Call (518) 537-4240 for more information. Pictured: Greta Umstead enjoys the decorated mansion in 2012. Photo courtesy of Kjirsten Gustavson