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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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6/20/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Renegades ready for 25th season

Improvement is the mindset for talented youngsters

By Robert Bouffard

(Continued from cover) Even though the Renegades won last year’s championship, the team looks very different this year. First off, they promoted Blake Butera from bench coach to manager. Butera spent time playing for the Renegades as part of two total years in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system.

The Renegades will be trotting out several new notable players this season. Shortstop Tyler Frank was drafted out of Florida Atlantic University in this month’s draft. He was one of the best players on his team and accumulated many accolades for his accomplishments on the field, but he still wants to improve.

“That’s the beautiful thing about baseball,” Frank said. “You can always get better.”

Unlike Frank, pitcher Michael Mercado did not attend college. He was drafted in the second round in 2017 out of Westview High School in San Diego. He spent last season in the Gulf Coast League and has now moved up to Hudson Valley.

Mercado said he has, “a lot to prove” and that he is going to “give my best effort” to make that happen.

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

Wappingers Falls K-9 Cojak sporting new bulletproof vest

Wappinger Falls Police Commissioner Calabrese and Officer Ashworth pose with K-9 Cojak in his new vest

By Anna Barton

K-9 police dog Cojak of the Village of Wappingers Police Department will be strutting the streets with style and safety now, thanks to a newly acquired bulletproof vest.

Officer Jamie Ashworth has been Cojak’s handler on the force for six years, with two other dogs as partners before him.

At this time, seven year old Cojak is the only K-9 on the force, where he works doing patrols and on the narcotic team.

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

Inside the June 20-26, 2018 issue:

  • Seven story apartment building collapes in Poughkeepsie

A vacant seven-story apartment located at 19 Academy Street in the City of Poughkeepsie suffered a partial building collapse around 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18. According to the City of Poughkeepsie Facebook post “part of the collapsed structure falling on a three-story apartment building located at 17 Academy Street, which then experienced its own collapse.” One women was injured, according to reports.
According to the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department Facebook page, the collapse was at Academy St. and Cannon St. Strong winds went through the area.

  • Spirit of Service Awards Dinner honors trio

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County (CCCSD) hosted its third annual Spirit of Service Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 5, at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. More than 300 people attended the event which honored a trio of Dutchess County friends who exemplify CCCSDC’s goal of working toward a more just and caring Dutchess County by providing comprehensive, high quality human services to its neighbors of all religions.

  • Summer Concert Series at Bowdoin Park planned

Dutchess County Parks Division is excited to host the 2018 Bowdoin Park Summer Concert Series in partnership with Fox Oldies WGNY 98.9FM and Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Three concerts, scheduled for July 21st, August 11th, and September 8th, will each feature several vocal groups, including The Platters, The Drifters, and The Coasters, performing chart-topping oldies hits. Early bird ticket prices are $25 per person until this Friday, June 15th ($35 starting June 16) or $75 for all three concerts. Children under 12 are FREE. Groups rates are available. Tickets can be purchased online at

  • Murder Café to present ‘Murder at the High School Reunion’

Murder Café was launched in 1998 by Hudson Valley residents Frank and Kristen Marquette with a “noir” mystery set in the 1940s. After producing and performing more than 1000 shows for private, public and fundraising events, Murder Café beings its 2018 summer season with an original play, “Murder at the High School Reunion.”

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


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