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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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8/26/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

4-H kids love super leader

DC Agricultural Society honors Irene Decker 

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) Since then, Irene has been saying yes in her own special way and listening to and teaching youngsters in her Kids for Kids 4-H goat club. She is the winner of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award from the Dutchess County Agricultural Society (DCAS), which runs the Dutchess County Fair.

Irene is the first non-member of the society to receive the honor. DCAS members know only too well how much effort Irene puts into the local and area goat programs and events every year.

“Irene’s dedication to the Dutchess County Fair and the 4-H children knows no bounds,” said Andy Imperati, DCAS member and fair general manager.

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

Haltons move, restore Judge’s Stand to Fair

Marie and Kevin Halton stand in front of the Victorian Judge’s Stand from the old Dutchess County Fairgrounds in the Town of Washington. It was recently moved and restored and placed in the Antique Village at the Fairgrounds. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

A key structure in the history of the Dutchess County Fair is now part of the Antique Village at the fairgrounds, thanks to the efforts of Marie and Kevin Halton of Salt Point and a group of their friends.

A Victorian Judge’s Stand from the old Dutchess County Fairgrounds, located in the Town of Washington on Route 44 by the New York State Police Troop K Barracks, has been moved and restored.

The entire moving and restoring process and pictures can be viewed by visiting and clicking on the icon for Dutchess County Fairgrounds on the home page.

Fire destroys Aerodrome building

A fire last Thursday destroyed the gift shop and Model Museum at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Photo courtesy of Henry Campbell, Rhinebeck Fire Department

RHINEBECK--Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Aug. 20, a fire broke out in the Field Gift Shop and Model Museum on the property of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (ORA). The building was fully engulfed and completely destroyed. An Aerodrome employee noticed the presence of smoke and after investigating quickly called 911 to report the fire.

Multiple local fire departments responded, but the fire progressed too rapidly to save any part of the structure or the items and valuables inside.

No persons were injured in the fire.

A temporary gift shop was assembled so that merchandise sales may continue for the rest of the airshow season. It will remain located on the airfield, the specific location to be determined. In addition the museum store, located in the History of Flight building, remains open seven days a week
The museum remains open for visitors seven days a week through Oct. 25. Airshows will continue as scheduled every weekend this season through Sunday, Oct. 11.

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience returns to the Towne Crier on the heels of a goodwill tour of Russia and Ukraine.

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience performs Saturday at the Towne Crier Café in Beacon. Photo by Michael Weintrob

by Kate Goldsmith

There are plenty of products that carry a warning label about how bad they are for us, but how about labeling things that enhance life? Like zydeco.

Beware: Exposure to this music will make you smile and sway, dance and sing … and maybe even promote world peace (more about that later).

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, prime purveyors of the universal groove, returns to the Towne Crier Café in Beacon this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to coming back to the Crier. The new place is such an incredible room, [with] a nice big stage,” said Simien, talking from the road last week. “I’m looking forward to seeing Phil [Ciganer, owner] and all my friends in that area.”

Zydeco is associated with the Creole people of Louisiana. It’s a uniquely American musical tradition, truly a melting pot of African, European and Native American influences. Zydeco is music for dancing, or at least boogying in your seat.

“This style of music has always been about forget your troubles and dance: come out of the fields, off the construction site, whatever job you did and come together as a community and dance away your sorrows, dance away your misery,” Simien told this reporter in 2012. “Think about something nice for a change, something happy; and we try to keep that in the music, keep the joyfulness inside the music.”

Simien & The Zydeco Experience adds soul, rhythm & blues, rock and reggae into that melting pot and gives it a good stir. The result is one tasty musical gumbo.

ALSO in the Aug 26-Sep 1, 2015, issue:

  • Ride on WWII bomber brings new perspective

The B-24 in the Wings of Freedom tour is nicknamed Witchcraft. The bombs painted on the side represent the number of missions the plane accomplished. Photo by Ray Fashona

  • Dutchess County to install solar facility at airport
  • Legislation to support older farmers signed into law
  • FDR Library to host author talk with Kermit Roosevelt
  • Special supplement features 4-H clubs attending DC Fair

Read about various 4-H clubs in Dutchess and what they have planned for the Fair.

  • Ruge family celebrates 80 years of business, giving in Rhinebeck
  • Attorney: Kelsey had ‘diminished mental capacity’ when interrogated by police

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘Straight Outta Compton’
  • Love to Cook: Food and fun are part of county fair tradition
  • Get Growing! An app for all seasons … and see you at the Fair!

Schools of the Week: on vacation

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