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The Southern Dutchess News has served the area south of Poughkeepsie with news and features since 1959. It is an official newspaper of Dutchess County by vote of the Dutchess County Legislature. The Southern Dutchess News serves Spackenkill, Wappingers Falls, East Fishkill, Fishkill and Beacon.  Coverage includes local town, village and school news and features, Dutchess County Legislature, county legal notices, obituaries, plus coverage of arts and entertainment, hospitals and health, education, libraries and local businesses and organizations.

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1/17/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

‘Year of Veteran’ sparks historic adventure

By Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) DCHS Executive Director Bill Jeffway said, “We want to feature not just County Historical Society items, but "curate" them with items from local municipal historians, historical societies and local individuals, and allow that to be a permanent, growing, online record of the stories of the men, women and children of this period.”

In so doing, the DCHS would be making sure that “history does not repeat itself.”

Long story short – In 1919 the State Legislature passed laws instructing the state historian, James Sullivan, to publish the volumes of books called “New York’s Part in the World War” (1917-1919). All municipalities had to fill the position of local historian, which they did, and much information was collected and sent to Albany.

But the book and information were never published. It just sat dormant for so many years.

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

Tyner wants to challenge Serino

Joel Tyner

By Ray Fashona

Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner is the first Democrat to publicly acknowledge he plans to run against state Sen. Sue Serino this November.

Tyner, who represents Clinton and Rhinebeck, is entering his eighth consecutive term on the Legislature. Serino, a Republican from Hyde Park, is in her second term in the State Senate’s 41st District.

Serino has received strong financial backing from Albany Republicans, who value the seat they have historically held until Terry Gipson, a Rhinebeck Democrat, wrenched it away from Steve Saland in 2012.

Serino recaptured the 41st for the GOP in 2014 and then soundly defeated Gipson in a 2016 rematch. She won by more than 14,000 votes of more than 131,000 cast.

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

Also in the Jan 17-23, 2018 issue:

  • Sanborn map collection offers details of properties, communities

Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall displays one of the Sanborn Fire Maps recently donated to the county. This one shows the Village of Wappingers Falls. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt


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