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1/11/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

New Ticket Entrance Building taking shape at DC Fairgrounds

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) Dutchess County Fair General Manager Andy Imperati said the new north entrance on Route 9, put in place two years ago, provided a “great ease of access for visitors; however, we found that we could not get all of them into the fairgrounds fast enough – like the old adage – you fix one problem and create another.”

Since the majority of visitors enter via Route 9, they park in those lots, thus the need for a more efficient ticketing process in this area.

The new building will make entering the fairgrounds more seamless. The ability to have up to eight ticket sellers will speed up that process greatly. Visitors will then pass through the central hall and learn about the history of the Fair, have their tickets punched and immediately step into the fairgrounds.

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

Hudson Valley lawmakers look for details on free college tuition proposal

by Kate Goldsmith and Kristine Coulter

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to offer free tuition at SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year colleges.

Cuomo said under the Excelsior Scholarship, the first of its kind in the nation, families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year would qualify to attend college tuition-free at any state university or college.

State lawmakers representing the region weighed in on the proposal.

“A college education should be obtainable for all New Yorkers regardless of their economic standing,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D), who represents the 106th District. “The governor’s announcement is a positive step in the right direction and one that I am interested in learning more about. I look forward to discussing this proposal with my colleagues during the upcoming budget negotiations.”

State Sen. Sue Serino (R-District 41) noted that “the devil’s in the details.”

“I absolutely understand the need for innovative solutions to help students afford quality college education—students and families are drowning in higher education debt—but the reality is, there simply isn’t an unlimited pot of money to draw from,” said Serino.

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

Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series returns to Staatsburgh

Guests are served refreshments while learning about the Gilded Age during the Tea & Talk series at Staatsburgh State Historic Site. Courtesy photo

This winter, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, the former Hudson River estate of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills, will offer an elegant and entertaining refuge from the cold by presenting its third Gilded Age Tea & Talk series of programs. The series this winter features a new lineup of speakers and topics.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., the first talk in the series presents curators from the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, speaking on how the collections of Staatsburgh and Olana State Historic Sites were created. “What’s Worth Collecting?
Exploring the Collections of Staatsburgh and Olana,” presented by Valerie Balint, curator at Olana, and Amanda Massie, curator for the Bureau of Historic Sites, will focus on why the families who lived in these exceptional 19th-century homes chose particular decorative objects and how they obtained the pieces that still grace these historic homes today.

Guests enjoy scones, tea sandwiches and the site’s unique and delicious tea, blended by renowned tea purveyors, Harney & Sons, while listening to a brief talk on a Gilded Age history theme, delivered by staff and guest presenters.

ALSO in the Jan 11-17, 2017 issue:

  • Borchert again heads County Legislature
  • Lt. Gov. visits Vassar Brothers’ $500M expansion

From left: City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Board Chair Françoise Dunefsky, New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Vassar Brothers Medical Center President Ann McMackin discuss the patient pavilion project in the Prototype Experience on the City of Poughkeepsie hospital campus. Courtesy photo

  • Donna Angiolillo steps down as Dutchess County SPCA leader
  • Rhinebeck High students to embark on journey as global ambassadors
  • Millbrook Horse Trials, Coole Park Farm donate $2,500 to Pine Plains Food Locker

In Creative Living:

  • RLove to Cook: Chicken Parmigiana Sliders
  • Get Growing! Stalking the Wild Welwitschia

Welwitschia mirabilis, one of the most interesting horticultural specimens in the world, grows only in Namibia’s Namib Desert. Photos by Mark Adams

  • Theatre on the Road sets fundraiser in Red Hook
  • FDR’s health topic of Wallace Center discussion
  • Clearwater returns to Kingston for winter maintenance

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