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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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7/19/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

County Players celebrates 60 seasons

By Ray Fashona

(Continued from cover) Prior to 1977, County Players performed most of its productions in the Wappingers Junior High School auditorium. That year, the Academy Theatre property on West Main Street came on the market, and in August of 1977 County Players purchased it.

Last Friday, the group held a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Falls Theatre, as it has since been dubbed, in recognition of the 60th anniversary season. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the event.

County Players has become synonymous with the Village of Wappingers Falls. Each production draws hundreds of people to the village. According to Paolercio, the group has a “nice base” of 1,200 people with season tickets.

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

Fishkill Marine killed in military plane crash

Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson
-Courtesy photo U.S. Marines

A U.S. Marine from Fishkill, who was originally from Vermont, was killed in a KC-130 military plane crash in Mississippi on Monday, July 10.

Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson was killed in the crash, along with 15 other service members.
“This is who you are... Loved, beloved, funny, sarcastic, and my truest most amazing, incredible friend and partner. I Love you so much!,” posted Johnson’s wife Anna on her Facebook page two days after the crash.

Some of the Marines came from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452). The reserve unit is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base, in Orange County.

On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the 15 Marines and the Navy sailor who tragically died in a military plane crash earlier this week in Mississippi," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “These service members, many of whom were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base, answered the call to serve this nation and defend its ideals. I share in the pain and the heartbreak caused by the deaths of these brave service members and urge everyone to keep them and their loved ones in your prayers during this difficult and trying time."

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

Also in the July 19-25, 2017 issue:

  • Butterfly Festival comes to Stony Kill Farm

Gretah Kilmer, left, and Riley Adnams look in the caterpillar habitat. - Photo by Kristine Coulter


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