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Columbia-Greene HS/SPCA waives dog adoption fees

HUDSON (August 7) - The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA announced that beginning on Monday, August 13, all dog adoption fees will be waived for the remainder of August and through September.

Since 2007, CGHS/SPCA has offered “Furrever Free” cats and kittens to approved homes. As of late, however, the shelter has recently been overcome by dozens of stray dogs from Columbia and Greene Counties. Unfortunately, the owners are not redeeming the dogs, and they are now abandoned at the shelter, awaiting new, caring homes.

In hopes of boosting adoptions for the remainder of summer, CGHS/SPCA will be waiving all dog adoption fees for approved homes. All adopted dogs will be spayed or neutered, health-tested, vaccinated, de-wormed, microchipped, and will be provided with a collar and leash, a flea/tick preventative, and a veterinary follow-up exam at the CGHS/SPCA clinic free of charge.
To get preapproved for adoptions, please visit our website at


Music Festival to benefit veterans with PTSD

POUGHKEEPSIE (July 26) – We Have Your 6, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, in partnership with Friends of Fallen Heroes NY will host a music festival on Saturday, August 4 at the Changepoint Theater in Poughkeepsie

Full details on our Entertainment Page


Scully, center, with Town of Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone, left, and Neuhaus

Bill Scully is Orange County’s July’s Citizen of the Month

GOSHEN (July 23) – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has recognized Bill Scully as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of July.

Scully, 74, was recognized for his volunteerism and dedication to the Monroe community for almost 50 years. He has also served in the Army National Guard and is a veteran of both the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

“Bill has always had a vested interest in Monroe and its residents,” Neuhaus said. “He has especially made an impact as a volunteer Little League baseball coach and a Pop Warner football coach. Coach Scully has had a positive impact on thousands of young athletes and their families. Everyone knows Coach Scully and everyone respects and appreciates him. Bill often works behind the scenes but deserves to be recognized.”

Scully, an Orange County resident since 1970, is the President of Monroe-Woodbury Pop Warner, a feeder program for the High School’s successful varsity team. He has coached and served in a variety of other capacities with Pop Warner for 49 years. Scully also coached with Monroe-Woodbury Little League in the 1980s and has served on the Board of Directors of the Michael J. Finnegan scholarship golf outing, which was considered the largest, privately funded scholarship in the state. It was awarded to Monroe-Woodbury football players displaying excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Scully also volunteers with the Town of Monroe’s Meals on Wheels program.

Scully moved to Highland Mills from New York City in 1970 and relocated to the Town of Monroe in 1978.

“I prefer to stay in the background, but I do appreciate that County Executive Neuhaus has chosen to recognize me with this award,” Scully said. “I’m truly humbled. Working in the community gives me joy and this recognition would not be possible without the help of so many hard-working people. Monroe is very important to me and I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many residents over the years.”

To nominate someone for the Citizen of the Month Award, please email or mail a letter to “Citizen of the Month” at 255-275 Main Street Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Be sure to include the nominee’s name, hometown, a list of their accomplishments, why you are nominating them and any other pertinent information. Nominees must be from Orange County.


Dr. Ciment

Dr. Ethan Ciment becomes Woodstock Sanctuary Board President
WOODSTOCK (July 19) - Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is announces its new Board President, Dr. Ethan Ciment. After serving as Vice President for the past two years, Dr. Ciment’s new role as President is a natural extension of the work he has been doing for the Sanctuary.

“As the Vice President of the Board, I was fortunate to work very closely with our immediate past President on a number of different initiatives and I feel very ready to take the wheel on those going forward,” said Dr. Ciment
As the Chair of the Board Development Committee, Dr. Ciment has been integral in bringing in over half of the current members of the board. In recent years, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has undergone a period of rapid expansion, moving from a 23-acre location to a 150-acre one, expanding rescue efforts, and developing vegan and humane education programming.  As a member of the board through this expansion. Dr. Ciment has a keen perspective on the past and present focus of the Sanctuary and where the Board envisions the Sanctuary over the coming years.

“To stay true to our founding principles during the expansion we undertook a lengthy strategic planning process that refined our mission and vision,” explains Dr. Ciment. “Being put into this position of leadership is an enormous privilege as it affords me the opportunity to enact that vision."

In addition to Dr. Ciment, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Board includes new officers Dr. Jeannine Cicco Barker, Vice President; Jody Rasch, Treasurer; and Lita Dwight, Secretary. Former President David Cabrera will stay on the Board, making this his fifth year of service and leadership. The other Board members are Stephanie Yazgi, Berto Calkins, and Lisa Dawn Angerame.
"We are doing more work to save lives and reduce the immense suffering of farmed animals than ever before," states Rachel McCrystal, Executive Director of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. "I am so proud that we have a professional, inclusive, and activist board that is leading us as we continue to do our important work on behalf of those animals that most people don't consider worthy of consideration or compassion. As a staff, we are grateful to David Cabrera for his service as Board President and all he has done for the animals in our care and those we will never know."
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary rescues farmed animals and gives them care and sanctuary, connects animals with people to advance veganism, and advocates for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.


Dutchess County Emergency Medical Services Council awards presented  

VERBANK (June 28) - The Dutchess County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council presented special recognition for EMS providers, EMS agencies and local hospital staff.

Full details on our Health Page


Girl Scouts at Build-a-Bear

Warwick Girl Scouts keeping busy

WARWICK (June 26) - The Girl Scouts of Warwick have been keeping busy this Spring. As Girl Scouts tend to do, their activities ranged from community service to lots of fun activities!

Earlier this spring, many Girl Scouts participated in Warwick’s Operation Clean Sweep, helping to keep their community beautiful. Girl Scouts handed out trash bags, gloves and donuts, while others went to work picking up trash.

Girl Scout Ambassador Julia Vargas has been hard at work on a project to earn her Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. In June she ran a Mental Health awareness event for Girl Scouts. Dr. Tamara Scott was on site to discuss mental health issues that affect teens. Julia’s goal is to make coping kits for teens in hospitals, to support them throughout the duration of their stay.

Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts had a great time at Build-a-Bear at the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown. They each got to build their own bear and fill them with love. The bears even got their very own Girl Scout uniforms.

The Warwick Girl Scouts also participated in World Thinking Day, an annual occurrence where the girls reflect on what it means to make an impact on the world and to celebrate being part of the global sisterhood of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Another Gold Award event, Nature Awareness, took place at the Albert Wisner Library. 

A variety of other activities were enjoyed by the Girl Scouts of Warwick, as each troop plans its own adventures.

Girls Scouts love to help others, volunteer, learn to be leaders, do good for their community and the world, and have adventures along the way. They also find a sister in every Girl Scout. For more information about Girl Scouts please visit them on their website at


Catskill Regional Medical Center’s R.I.S.E. Program Seeks Volunteers

HARRIS (June 18) – The R.I.S.E. - Rape Intervention Services and Education Program - at Catskill Regional Medical Center is seeking volunteers. Volunteer training starts on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Full details on our Health Page



Family Services announces Family Partnership Center Steward

POUGHKEEPSIE (June 15 )- Family Services appointed Kellie Wofford to the newly created position of Family Partnership Center (FPC) Steward.   

In the role of Family Partnership Steward, Wofford will focus on strengthening existing collaborations among partner organizations and creating new collaborations, build partnerships with organizations outside of the Family Partnership Center, and recruit new partner organizations to join the FPC community. Recruitment efforts will aim to ensure the right mix of partner organizations in order to deliver complementary and coordinated services to the Poughkeepsie community.

The Family Partnership Center, a key program of Family Services and anchor institution in the City of Poughkeepsie, forges partnership and collaboration toward a unified approach to human services.  Today, 19 nonprofit and related organizations come together under one roof to strengthen individuals, families and the community through service opportunities in primary health care, education, youth services, recreation and cultural activities, emergency services, behavioral health and other services.   

“I’m looking forward to working with Kellie on building collegiality among us and expanding partnership to the surrounding community,” said Brian Riddell, Executive Director of Dutchess Outreach. “We can't forget the FPC grew out of the Neighborhood Based Alliance, which targeted resources toward this side of town because of the conditions here."

Ms. Wofford, a mental health counselor and mentor, takes this role having previously worked at both Nubian Directions and Abbott House in case management and skill building capacities. Ms. Wofford has strong ties to the City of Poughkeepsie Community as she currently serves as Pastor of St Mark A.M.E. Zion Church. 


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News of Southern Albany, Greene & Schoharie Counties

Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water

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