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8/16/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

Youth learn firefighting skills and techniques

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Cover)  “I want to volunteer one day,” said Salma. She said when she leaves every day from the academy, she is “happy” and “excited.”

The program has made her more interested in becoming a firefighter, said Salma.

One of the homework assignments during the week, explained Van Voorhis, was each of the teens had to draw their own house and have two ways out of it in case of a fire.

The academy participants went to Stewart International Airport to see how a fire would be handled. They saw a Newburgh Fire display. The Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps taught a CPR class. City of Beacon firefighters showed the teens an extrication demonstration. The state Office of Fire Protection Safety Trailer was used for a demonstration. The teens were taught how to use extinguishers and there was a sprinkler demonstration. Early in the week there was a class on protective clothing and equipment that the firefighters use and a demo by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s K9.

Beacon Performing Arts Center has new home on Main St. Open House this weekend

Broadway national touring artists Tim Grady and Kate Vander Linden stand in the Beacon Performing Arts Center’s new home at 327B Main St. holding the center’s new signs.
- Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

The Beacon Performing Arts Center will be hosting an open house this weekend to show the community its new location at 327B Main St. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 19 and on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in the fall class schedule can get a taste of it during sample classes. Sample classes will be offered by Beacon Performing Arts Center co-owners and Broadway national touring artists Kate Vander Linden (“Elf, The Musical”), Jake Vander Linden (“Ghost, The Musical”) and Tim Grady (“Elf, The Musical”).

“We ordered signs, just to get things started. It’s our first main home. We want to make our presence known,” said Tim on a recent Friday. Kate and Tim were doing last minute touches to the new space.

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

Also in the Aug 16-22, 2017 issue:

  • Book details Beacon plan crash that killed WWII hero

The cover of “The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero ‘Captain Dixie.’” - Photo by Kristine Coulter


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