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3/22/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

Massive Nor’easter slams area!

Williams Lumber in Rhinebeck to rebuild after roof collapse; storm drops 22-plus inches

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) The area underneath the collapse houses the Electric and Kitchen Departments.

The store is currently closed and plans are to re-open in approximately 10 days, during which partial demolition and inspections will take place. The lumber yard is open – but only for contractors.

“We are so thankful that nobody was hurt. That was our main interest - to make sure that everyone got out of the building safely,” said Sandy Williams, president. “All of the stuff in here can be replaced, but lives can’t be replaced.”

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Highway crews praised for extraordinary effort

Mountains of snow have created visibility problems on roads throughout the area, such as this one near the intersection of Myers Corners Road and All Angels Hill Road in the Town of Wappinger. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Ray Fashona and Kristine Coulter

Dutchess County got clobbered with 2 feet of snow last week, but highway crews worked around the clock to make roads passable.

The snowstorm was so heavy that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent personnel and equipment from the National Guard to the City of Poughkeepsie and City of Beacon to help with the cleanup.

Starting in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 14, snow began to fall and, at its height, was coming down at a rate of 3 to 4 inches an hour, according to meteorologist Tom Wasula of the National Weather Service in Albany.

“This was a very significant storm,” Wasula said. Heavy winds caused blizzard-like conditions, and several freezing days that followed the storm prevented much snow from melting, the meteorologist said.

Dutchess County Public Works (DPW) Commissioner Robert Balkind said Wednesday, “highway crews have been on county roadways since the start of the storm at 1 a.m. on Tuesday.” He said county roads were reported in good condition Wednesday, with crews “continuing to work today applying materials for icy conditions as well as pushing back snow banks and opening up visibility at intersections.”

“We are grateful for the cooperation and patience from the public throughout the storm in order to ensure the safety of residents and snow removal crews,” said County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “We are deeply appreciative to our county DPW highway crews, as well as the state and local municipal crews who have been working long hours throughout the day and night to ensure our roadways are clear and safe to travel.”

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Half Moon Theatre to present musical based on Anne Frank’s diary

Emily Wexler is Anne Frank and Ben Mulgrew is Peter Van Pels in “Yours, Anne,” running weekends March 25-April 2 at Half Moon Theatre at The Culinary Institute of America. Photo by Jennifer Kiaba

When she was 13 years old, Anne Frank, like many young girls, received a diary for her birthday. More than 70 years later, the diary she kept is read in classrooms around the world, produced as movies, plays and musicals. On Saturday, Half Moon Theatre begins a two-weekend run of a play based on Frank’s diary called “Yours, Anne.”

“Yours, Anne” by Enid Futterman is an 80-minute musical adaptation of “Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank and “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The show features music by Michael Cohen and is directed by Michael Schiralli. “Yours, Anne” had its premiere off-Broadway in 1996 and has been performed around the world, including venues in the Netherlands, South Africa, Japan and at Lincoln Center.
This critically acclaimed musical brings to life Frank’s diary about her experiences as a young girl living in hiding (in the “Secret Annex”) with her family for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.

ALSO in the Mar 22-28, 2017 issue:

  • Hyde Park ‘Downtown Initiative’ to move forward
  • Gas explosion destroys Joseph’s Steakhouse building

A propane tank reportedly exploded on Monday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. and the resulting fire destroyed most of the Joseph’s Steakhouse building on Route 9G in Hyde Park. Photo by Robert Kampf

  • Rhinebeck Drama Club gears up for ‘Damn Yankees!’
  • American Heart Association warns of snow-shoveling hazards

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘Logan’

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) tries to survive in “Logan.” Courtesy photo

  • Get Growing! Farm girl turns 100
  • Diana Krall, Ronnie Spector added to Bardavon schedule
  • Love to Cook: Gluten-free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Schools of the Week: Mill Road Elementary, Red Hook

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