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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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12/17/14 Highlights of this week's edition...

Inspiring nature guides Millbrook’s Meyer

Community luminary helps others while battling illness

by Kate Goldsmith

(Continued from cover) The traits that have benefited Merritt and Millbrook are now helping Scott deal with a serious illness. Three years ago, Scott was diagnosed with melanoma, an aggressive cancer that metastasized to his brain. He’s had six surgeries and undergone radiation and Interferon therapy, and participated in a clinical trial for an investigational drug. He suffers various side effects from the surgeries, treatments and medications, and requires physical and occupational therapy.

As he works to regain his strength, Scott still reaches out to the community.
“I think about people who are in worse shape than I am,” he says. “I worry that the caregivers don’t get the thanks and attention they deserve.”

He shares with others his experiences navigating the health care system and has even proposed a support group for anyone dealing with a long-term illness.

“I just want to add spokes to the wheel that already exists, make people aware of the services that are out there,” he says. “It’s also nice to talk to people who have gone through the same things, share little hints and tricks from what you’ve gone through. You’re helping other people as you’re helping yourself.

“It’s like healing stories,” he says. “Telling their stories makes them feel better.”

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Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park receives grant through Subaru program

Lew Ruge of Ruge’s Subaru presents a meal to Margaret Culley of Hyde Park on Friday. At right is Jack Fenton, president of the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park. The non-profit volunteer organization recently received a grant through a partnership with Ruge’s Subaru and the Subaru “Share the Love” program. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park has received a grant through a partnership with Ruge’s Subaru and the Subaru “Share the Love” program.

Jack Fenton, president of the Board of Directors of the Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park, said the grant will enable the non-profit volunteer program to keep its same low rates for 2015.

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The Fisher Center presents ‘Nut/Cracked,’ The Bang Group’s swinging response to ‘The Nutcracker.’

David Parker & The Bang Group present “Nut/Cracked” at the Fisher Center this weekend. From left are Emily Tschiffely, Amber Sloan and Jeffrey Kazin. Photo by Nicholas Burnham 2004

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents a special holiday performance of “Nut/Cracked,” The Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to “The Nutcracker.” Showcasing choreography by David Parker ’81 with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Nut/Cracked” takes its inspiration from all corners of the dance canon, from tap riffs to en pointe ballet, by way of bubble wrap, disco and Chinese take-out noodles.

In “Nut/Cracked,” choreographer Parker finds beauty in the ridiculous, waltzing us through many incarnations of Tchaikovsky’s score, including versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, as well as the traditional orchestral suite. The company turns the sugar-coated ballet into a piece of rhythmic dance theater. Expect tap dancing, singing and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as “Nut/Cracked” twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism that honors the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky’s voluptuous waves of rhythm.

“Bringing ‘Nut/Cracked’ to Bard’s Fisher Center is especially stirring to me, not only because of the stunning theater and surroundings but because I was a student at Bard in the late ’70s,” says Parker. “Bard shaped my aesthetics and ethics and opened my imagination to adventure. In many ways, ‘Nut/Cracked’ embodies that heady mix of brashness and rigor that so characterized my time there. I’m elated to be returning to Bard with such a celebratory piece.”

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Also in the Dec 17-23, 2014 issue:

  • Two face charges after accident in Hyde Park
  • Abilities First to move forward with new school
  • Hyde Park receives grant for Pine Woods project
  • Coalition: PSC review on power line project falls short
  • Opinion: County budget vote mocked separation of powers
  • Schumer, local Congressmen move to make FERC accountable
  • Village of Red Hook receives low-interest loan for water system repairs

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘The Pyramid’
  • Holiday Happenings throughout the area
  • Brit Floyd returns to Civic Center in May
  • Love to Cook: Victorious Vicki’s recipe for dinner rolls

Vicki perseveres, and prevails, in her quest to make perfect dinner rolls. Photo by Vicki Frank Day

  • Howland Chamber Music Circle announces piano series
  • Get Growing! A look at a new book, ‘Organic Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley’

Photojournalist Francesco Mastalia with camera at Red Hook Community Arts Gallery. Photo by Mark Adams

Schools of the Week:

Netherwood Elementary, Hyde Park

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