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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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11/22/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

Small Business Saturday:

Wappingers Falls flower shop links generations

By Ray Fashona

(Continued from cover) An active and feisty nonagenarian, Theresa is also a working artist whose pieces line the walls of the shop. Her specialty is pet portraits (she received a commission just before being interviewed for this story), but she also does local landscapes. She works in a variety of paint mediums, and even does cut-paper designs.

It was Theresa’s love of art that brought her to study at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In Colorado, she met her future husband. After the two married, they returned to her native Poughkeepsie.

In 1949, the couple purchased the former Jones and Sons flower shop at 2758 West Main St. At the time, Rosemary was a small child and obviously not involved in the business, but they named the shop after her.

“We just liked the name,” Theresa said.

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

Small Business Saturday:

Crafts store is one of a kind

Craftsmen by Design President John McNevin staffs the store on a recent evening. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt

By Ray Fashona and Kristine Coulter

Craftsmen by Design is a unique combination of art and business.

The shop in the Poughkeepsie Plaza Mall on Route 9 features the work of local artists and craftspeople. It is operated by a group of artists and crafters who revel in showing their own and others’ work.

According to store manager Penny Czarnecki, the shop is owned by nine partners who meet as a group four times a year to review the shop’s offerings and search out new ideas.

The shop works on a consignment basis, with artists signing a one-year contract.
Czarnecki said the partners judge all the work of potential clients, not only for quality but to make sure the shop maintains a variety of wares.

“We don’t want all pottery or all jewelry,” she said. “We want to make sure there are many unique items to choose from.”

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

Also in the Nov 22-28, 2017 issue:

  • Fishkill Food Pantry holds 'Project Turkey'

Fishkill Food Pantry volunteers that put together “Project Turkey.” Pictured are: Pat Walker, from left, Diane Sedore, Don Porter, Judie Van Nostrand, Shirley Jubinsky, Kevin Smith, Lynn Capuano, Joan Kupiec and Pam Blum. - Photo by Kristine Coulter


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