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(Courtesy of Ulster Hose Company # 5)

Portrait of a born firefighter

Some people know what they’re going to be when they grow up even before they grow up. Sam Appa leans back behind the paper-strewn desk that he occupies at Ulster Hose Company #5…

Brian Riddell of Dutchess Outreach

Dutchess Outreach seeks volunteers, new food sources

It may be no coincidence that Dutchess Outreach, an organization whose mission it is to provide support for needy citizens in the greater Poughkeepsie community and beyond, got its start 40-plus years ago…

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UlsterCorps matches volunteers with organizations in need

Volunteer work is sometimes perceived as something that only retired people have time to do. And there’s certainly some truth to that, as the demands of making a living take up a lot…

Duane Ragucci and Betty Mensch of the Storybrook program. The all-volunteer program helps inmates at the Dutchess County Jail to choose, read aloud and record a children’s book, which is then sent to their children on a CD. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Storybook program helps Dutchess County Jail inmates read aloud to their kids – via CD

Every story about children and parents and what stands between them should have a storybook ending – especially when what stand between them are jail cell walls. Once upon a time, in 2011,…

Jim Ottaway, Jr. (photo by Dion Ogust)

A call to volunteerism

I’ve been interested for a long time in American volunteerism and the truly exceptional role played by philanthropy in American society and its economy. If you add up the generous contributions of American citizens,…

Steve Weinman at Hamilton Point  (photo by Kyle Weinman)

Rock doc: Steve Weinman’s Shawangunk trail guide

Twenty years ago, when Dr. Steve Weinman wrote his 68-page non-profit pocket book A Rock with a View: Hiking, Biking and Skiing The Shawangunk Mountains, he had no idea that the trail guide would sell…

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Vladimir Feltsman and the genesis of PianoSummer

For three weeks in July, gifted young musicians from all over the world will be coming to SUNY-New Paltz to study at the PianoSummer Institute, run by Vladimir Feltsman, the world-renowned, Russian-born pianist who made…

(Clockwise from top): Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art at the north end of the Dutchess Community College campus; Inside the Ritz Library in Hudson Hall; and DCC president Dr. Pamela Edington. (photo by Will Dendis)

DCC’s Pamela Edington champions largest student body in the valley

Last August, Dutchess Community College (DCC) got a new president: its fifth since its founding in 1957 and its first woman. Since taking the job at the college with the largest student population…

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Vassar president Catharine Bond Hill wants to make higher ed affordable for all

  Since becoming president of Vassar College in 2006, Catharine Bond Hill has been committed to ensuring that anyone who is accepted will be able to afford it, eliminating the primary barrier to…

Artist Bob Schuler outside his styrofoam dome home in High Falls. (photo by Mookie Forcella)

Last of the Cubists

The aurochs, deer and horses that have animated the cave walls of Lascaux for more than 17,000 years have begun to fall prey to bacteria. The odds of them lasting another 17 millennia…

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