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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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3/25/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

The future of farming:

Dutchess takes major step

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) All three watched with confidence as County Executive Marcus Molinaro signed the plan into law on Thursday in ceremonies at McEnroe Organic Farm, located five miles south of Millerton.

Baldwin, chairman of Dutchess County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, said, “This whole project and what it means has been close to my heart for 50 years. Farming has changed through the years. If we don’t do something, it will fail. We’ve got to hold on to agriculture. I am looking forward to the implementation of this plan.”

Pulver, who serves as a Dutchess County Legislator and is a third-generation farmer in the Town of Pine Plains, said, “This is a proud moment. We need a real plan so we can move forward. Land preservation is vital. Above all, we need land to do what we do.”

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National Grid given stop-work order, plans open house

by Adam Clayton

The Town of Clinton in Northern Dutchess County is accustomed to dealings with National Grid. The town is located along the 345kV power line expansion that has been the subject of much debate over the last two years, but the company is both planning another open house to talk about the expansion, as well as responding to a stop-work order issued by the town last week.

The stop-work order is in response to National Grid cleaning up its owned right-of-ways under the power lines running through Clinton. The town’s supervisor, Ray Oberly, said the stop-work order was not in retaliation to the proposed expansions, but was a response to a process the town has in place that the utility with which the company was not complying.

“We have a procedure in place,” Oberly said, “When something of this magnitude happens, we require the entity to appear before the Clinton Planning Board in order to explain what’s going to be done. There’s nothing we’d really do to stop their work as a planning board, but the Town has a right to know.”

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Program on Sicilian marionette tradition on tap at Italian Center

On Thursday, April 2, documentary filmmaker Tony De Nonno (pictured) will present a program at The Italian Center in Poughkeepsie, about a family of puppeteers who keep alive a Sicilian folk tradition in their performances. Courtesy photo

In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, NIDO (Noi Italiani D’Oggi) and Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program present “Celebrating New York’s Century-old Papa Manteo Sicilian Marionette Tradition,” a lecture, demonstration and film screening by Tony DeNonno, on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m., at the Italian Center, 227 Mill St., Poughkeepsie (parking access from Mansion Street). The event is free and open to the public.

Acclaimed New York-based documentary filmmaker Tony De Nonno will take audience members on an enlightening journey into the life and legacy of puppeteers Mike and Aida Manteo, their children and grandchildren, a family bound together by a Sicilian folk tradition. Experience the enchanting vision of New York’s acclaimed Papa Manteo Sicilian Marionette Theater, first established on Catherine Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy in 1918.

With one of Papa Miguel Manteo’s authentic marionettes in hand, De Nonno will engage the audience throughout the presentation. Audience members will have the opportunity to bring this magnificent Papa Manteo handmade marionette to life. A highlight of the evening will be the screening of De Nonno’s award-winning, nationally broadcast documentary about the Manteos, “It’s One Family: Knock on Wood.”

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Also in the Mar 25-31 2015 issue:

  • County jail pods approach completion

Now installed at the County Jail property, these temporary housing units, or pods, are scheduled to undergo state inspection this week. Photo courtesy of Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office

  • Volunteers needed for amphibian migration nights
  • Molinaro announces $900,000 in Community Development Block Grant awards

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘Run All Night’
  • Get Growing! Start thinking Spring

Vibrant pansies shout ‘Spring!’ in the greenhouse. Photo by Mark Adams

  • Love to Cook: Making natural dyes for Easter eggs

Schools of the Week:

Mill Road Primary, Red Hook

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