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Ancram, New York
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16 December 2019 10:51AM

www.friendsofclermont.org/events

This Saturday is Clermont’s Annual Holiday Open House! From 11 AM-4 PM,
explore the mansion at your leisure enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room. This year’s open house features an exhibit of dolls representing young women from Clermont’s history as they may have looked at 10 years old, with costumes designed and created by local costumer Adrienne Westmore. Local trio MeadowSuite will perform 12 PM until 2 PM. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor’s center. This event is FREE!

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Ancram, New York
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14 November 2019 02:36PM
Art Bassin

The Ancramdale Halloween Party at the Ancramdale Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall has been a longstanding tradition. It was started back in the 1940s by Avery Dietter (the mayor of Ancramdale) who was in attendance Saturday, October 26 dressed in his own version of a Superman costume topped by his Korean War Veteran cap. He was also celebrating his 92nd birthday on Saturday and he was presented with a cake.

Pictured: Levi Miles came dressed as a blue M&M. The clown is Brody Mayhew and the ghost bride is Samantha Kilmer.

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17 May 2019 12:15PM

Tuesday May 21 from noon – 9pm at the Taconic Hills School the community will be choosing board members for three open seats at the Taconic Hills Central School District. Please come out and vote at the school.

As a community member for more than 20 years, my three core beliefs for the school are:

1. Ensuring the children get a great education in Math, Science, and ELA, but also need to emphasize the Arts. Let’s add the A for Arts and change STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM. As an IBM Corporate Executive with a background in Math and Computer Science, I believe my high school experiences in theater helped me to better communicate my ideas in my career.

2. Transparency to the community has been expressed by many residents as critical in the relationship with parents, tax payers and the school. We need to do a better job.

3. Working within a budget so as not to raise taxes and at the same time ensure that we properly prioritize our funds to maximize the school experience for our children.

In addition to my successful corporate career, my community involvement runs deep. As president of Kids Need Music (www.KidsNeedMusic.org) I have funded 250 instruments given to the Hudson City School District. That is 250 more children playing music in the band and string orchestra. This program is expanding to the rest of Columbia County. I am also a member of the Spencertown Academy Arts Center Music Committee as well as the Chatham Synagogue Social Action Committee. As a bail bondsman, I am a board member of the Columbia County Bail Fund (www.ColumbiaCountyBailFund.org). We post bail for those that are financially in need awaiting trial for low level misdemeanors, and the follow up so that they appear in court for trial.

Thank you for your consideration and please come out and vote.

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22 February 2018 08:04AM
Dan Udell

People came to eat delicious food, listen to music and hear first hand accounts from 11 wonderful farmers, chefs and food entrepreneurs about making, and eating, good food from the good soil of Columbia County.

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22 November 2016 05:13PM
Barbara Reina

www.visitvortex.com/magazine/2016-17-the-beekman-arms

What could George Washington and Miley Cyrus possibly have in common? Local legend has it that both stayed at The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. Achieving its distinction as the oldest continuously running hotel in America, The Beekman Arms has been host to more than 80 famous people in its 250-year history.

(Story continued at link below:)
http://www.visitvortex.com/magazine/2016-17-the-beekman-arms

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28 March 2016 09:37PM
Barbara Reina

Frank Capra’s movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, underscores the role that each of us play in the lives of others. At the lowest point in his life and attempting suicide, main character George Bailey realizes through “divine” intervention that his life, however chaotic as it may be, is worth living.

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor and Speaker Ed Devitt II, also has a story to tell. He describes himself as an average Hudson Valley youth who used drinking to deal with the onslaught of overwhelming feelings and changes many teenagers experience. He explains how this 1999 car crash resulted in the death of two people and only one survivor: Ed Devitt II.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4RsDuY6RMI

As a speaker, Ed takes his audience on a journey into the mind of a teenager and recounts the events that led up to the accidental crash and death of his friends. He relates his experiences after the crash: relearning how to walk, dealing with alcoholism, loss, grief, TBI and his life today.

After filming Ed’s speaking engagement at SUNY Orange in Middletown, I can agree that Ed’s life is worth living and his story is not only worth telling, but also worthy of an audience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek2s5CrlgXw

http://www.BrainNewDay.com

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