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The Northern Dutchess News is a member of the Southern Dutchess News group and is fast becoming a staple in the lives of individuals in communities north and east of Poughkeepsie. Already named an “official newspaper” of Stanfordville and Rhinebeck, it also serves Hyde Park, Red Hook, Tivoli, Milan, Pine Plains, Amenia, Dover, Millbrook, Clinton Corners, Salt Point and Pleasant Valley. The Northern Dutchess News provides coverage of local town, village and school news, the Dutchess County Legislature, county legal notices, obituaries, plus coverage of arts and entertainment, hospitals, 4-H clubs , farming news, businesses and organizations.

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10/18/17 Highlights of this week's edition...


Fleece & hops spark learning quest at Clover Brooke Farm

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) Clover Brooke Farm has main focuses in the areas of fiber and hops. Fiber - with llamas, alpacas, sheep and goats in particular - is currently in the spotlight as the couple prepares for participation in their favorite event of the year, the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival set Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 21-22) at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Check for full information on exhibits and events.

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Local rider’s career moves to international levels

Molly Maloney and her partner in the sport, Felix, show their expertise at the recent Dressage at Devon competition in Devon, Pa. Photo courtesy of Susan Stickle

by jim donick

The Hudson Valley has long been known as a center of horsemanship and equestrian disciplines. A drive through the eastern part of Dutchess County will show off countless magnificent horse farms and stables. Within the valley nearly any equestrian activity can be found on any given day or weekend. That includes Polo, Cross Country activities like Eventing with its jumps and water hazards, and even racing further north at Saratoga Springs.

Only a year ago we profiled Molly Maloney, a young local horsewoman starting out as a professional trainer and aspiring international rider in the demanding equestrian discipline known as Dressage.

In racing it would seem the horse is the athlete at the center of the competition. The jockeys tend to be nearly interchangeable. The major Hudson Valley equestrian activities, mostly Eventing and Dressage, are much more a celebration of the partnership that is created over time between horse and rider.

Documentary about Millbrook’s Italian heritage to be screened

Ciferri contractors at the Flagler Garden in Millbrook, ca. 1923. Photo courtesy of Skip Ciferri

by Kate Goldsmith

A 35-minute documentary about Millbrook’s Italian heritage will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Millbrook High School auditorium, 70 Church St., at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Two years in the making, “Il Villaggio di Millbrook (The Village of Millbrook)” is a beautifully filmed, sensitive documentary about immigration and assimilation in small-town America. It was the vision of Barbara Hanson Pierce, a longtime Dutchess County resident, who wanted to explore Millbrook’s Italian roots.

The film grew out of Millbrook’s Museum in the Streets project, a permanent, bilingual, historical walking tour of the village, which Pierce, as co-chair, shepherded to its opening in 2014. As a follow-up, she wanted to film the stories of some of Millbrook’s oldest families of Italian descent

ALSO in the Oct 18-24, 2017 issue:

  • Hyde Park Rec sets bus trip
  • Cahill speaks out against CH rate hike request
  • Online auction under way for surplus county vehicles, equipment
  • Hyde Park to host Town Center Open House, conduct sidewalks ribbon-cutting
  • Indian Point Closure Task Force discusses
  • Decommissioning process and economic development opportunities

In Creative Living:

  • Get Growing! Local hard cider
  • Ron reviews ‘Blade Runner 2049’
  • Love to Cook: Halloween countdown

Love to Cook columnist, Vicki Frank Day (a.k.a. the ‘Queen of Spooky’) goes all out when decorating for Halloween. In the photo, an otherworldly dinner guest awaits a meal to die for. Photo courtesy Vicki Frank Day

  • Audiences to get a ‘Clue’ at The Center

The cast of Up In One Productions’ “Clue” features (from left, front) Rob Rowe, Jessie Truin, Tom Bunker, Cheryl Englehardt; (back) David Foster, Joseph Bongiorno and Victoria Howland. Photo by Craig Dingman

  • Charity Benefit Crafts Show set Oct. 21
  • Grace Pumpkin Parade set Oct. 29 in Poughkeepsie
  • Studio KTM in Red Hook to host art reception, salon on Sunday

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