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2/21/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Celebrate 20th anniversary in Fishkill

Polar Plunge Saturday at Sharpe Reservation

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) “I can not believe that it’s 20 years,” remarked Hamel. He said the first one had 18 participants. Now it is in the hundreds.

“I’m just in awe of everyone that comes out and supports this,” Hamel said.
The planning starts going as soon as [the previous one] ends. We have meetings about what went well, the design of the T-shirts,” said Hamel. “It’s on-going, constant. Teresa and I are always talking with each other.”

There are currently 320 participants and 47 teams that are signed up for this year’s event. Last year approximately $140,000 was raised for NY Special Olympics and there were 700 participants and 70 teams, said Gilli.

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

Charting Dutchess’ course

Molinaro prepares for State of the County Address

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro delivers a previous State of the County Address. - File photo

By Ray Fashona

County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro will continue to advance his ThinkDIFFERENTLY agenda when he gives his 2018 State of the County Address Feb. 28 in Hyde Park.

The annual speech, which charts the county executive’s plans for the coming year, will also touch on youth initiatives, dealing with the opioid crisis, expanding senior services and marking the Year of the Veteran.

Molinaro will present his 2018 State of the County address on February 28 at 5 p.m. at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Ecolab Auditorium.

The speech is open to the public and reservations are required by visiting

Also in the Feb 21-27, 2018 issue:

  • Greens 4 Greens benefit at Beacon Farmers Market Sunday

Andrew Lehto and his son Reijo share a bowl of soup at a previous Soup 4 Greens fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25. - Courtesy photo by Corrine McKenna


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