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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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9/13/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

East Fishkill to celebrate community Saturday

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from the cover) Community Day “is to be letting the residents of the town know what’s working for them,” said Bill Green, Co-Recreation Director.

He said the “Hey Baby Band” will be performing during this year’s event.

“The Boy Scouts will be there with their bridge,” said McHugh. There will be a rock climbing wall, new this year, for the adventurous to try.

The Girl Scouts will host the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. There is a drop box for flags that are faded or ripped in the East Fishkill Town Hall lobby, 330 Route 376, in Hopewell Junction.

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

WF police vow to bring disbanding department to public vote

The Wappingers Falls police building may become home to Dutchess County Sheriff’s Deputy patrols. - Photo by Ray Fashona

By Ray Fashona

The Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department’s Benevolent Association issued a statement last week urging residents to sign a petition forcing a referendum on the disbanding of the department.

The village board voted Aug. 30 to close the department and replace it with Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department patrols.

According to figures supplied by the village, the move would save $590,000 per year. Wappingers Falls pays nearly $1.5 million annually for the police department, about 41 percent of the budget.

According to the PBA statement: “The Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department provides irreplaceable services and, along with other local institutions, it is part of the core identity of our Village.”

Also in the Sep 13-19, 2017 issue:

  • Country Fair comes to Stony Kill

Riley Adnams, 10, stands besides the Stony Kill sign inside the Red Barn. The Country Fair will be held on Saturday, September 16 at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center.


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