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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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8/16/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

New Welcome Center to greet
visitors to 172nd DC Fair

By Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) Andy Imperati, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Agricultural Society which operates the Fair, said the building that was completed in May has had some early tests at other events, but the 172nd Fair will be its real first test.

“This is the biggest test of the season and we are very excited. The Fair is a six-day adventure with thousands of visitors each day,” said Imperati. “We have a great Fair, but we are also in the people and traffic business and we want everyone to have a great experience. That experience obviously begins with their entry into the Fairgrounds.”

Each of the eight ticket windows – constructed in the form of horse stalls – will have a ticket staffer with state-of-the-art technology. Another window on each side will have customer service personnel to handle out-of-the-ordinary situations.

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

RCK grad Johnson captivates large crowd

Former Homeland Security chief returns to Dutchess for speech

Jeh C. Johnson

By Ray Fashona

With warmth, charm and wit, former Homeland Security Secretary and Roy C. Ketcham graduate Jeh C. Johnson delighted a large crowd Aug. 10 at the Northern Dutchess NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

The event was held at the Poughkeepsie Grand.

Johnson talked about his years serving in the Obama Administration and discussed his family life with obvious pride. His father Jeh V. Johnson is an esteemed architect and his mother Norma worked for Planned Parenthood. He said his parents have been married for 61 years and still lived in the same Wappingers Falls house they moved into 54 years ago.

“We were the first black family in Cottam Hill,” he said.

Meeting a reporter from the Southern Dutchess News before his speech began, Johnson brightened. “Southern Dutchess News!” he said. “I grew up reading the Southern Dutchess News.”

He added: “I’m glad to be back in Dutchess County. I get here a few times a year to see my family.” Johnson now lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife Susan DiMarco, who grew up as his neighbor in Wappingers Falls.

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

Also in the Aug 16-22, 2017 issue:

  • New book details Beacon place crash that killed WWII hero

The cover of "The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero 'Captain Dixie'" - Photo by Kristine Coulter


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