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September 3, 2014- Feeding up to 450 people a month at their food pantry, providing like-new clothing and housewares at their thrift store and sending children home from school with enough food for the weekend through their backpack program are among the generous deeds of the Center of Compassion in Dover.
 

Originally called “Loaves and Fishes,” The Center of Compassion’s programs were originally started and run by Sister Maureen, as a ministry of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, in White Plains. The sisters had a house in Dover Plains for twelve years for their ministry. 

The Center of Compassion has recently relocated to 52 Mill St. in Dover Plains, New York, just over the train tracks on the right. The main focus of the Center is to be of service and to be available to those in poverty, especially women and children, the elderly and the infirmed.

September 3, 2015- About a decade ago, a local chapter of Trout Unlimited, whose mission is to promote trout fishing and the preservation and enhancement of waterways, took an interest in the Wassaic Creek, a tributary of the Ten Mile River.  Jan Weido, the former President of  Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited, spear- headed the interest in the stream and made several trips to Wassaic and, with the help of many local people and his group, directed and participated in activities to benefit the creek including extensive trash pick up, stream plantings to stabilize the banks, and enhancements of the creek that would improve the trout habitat.  

On Tuesday, September 1, Mary S. Babcock died surrounded by her family at home in Florida.  An avid horsewoman, tennis player, talented artist and gardener, Mary will be remembered for her kindness and generosity. A service will be held at St. Peter’s on Saturday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m.

 

The NY Attorney General's office issued the following press release on its investigation of the Homeland Foundation that resulted, in part, from articles carried in these pages.

September 3: NEW YORK -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that the former trustees of the Homeland Foundation, Inc. (“Homeland”) have agreed to the findings of the Attorney General’s investigation into the trustees’ repeated failures to properly administer millions of dollars of charitable assets entrusted to their care. The Attorney General determined that, among other breaches of their fiduciary duties, the former trustees issued at least $4.25 million dollars in grants, beyond what they were authorized to spend. In issuing the improper $4.25 million in grants, the trustees failed to follow their obligation to make grants in any one year not to exceed 5% of the total value of Homeland’s cash and investments, as required by the organization’s charter.

When I received a letter from my insurance company, Health Republic of New York, saying that they will no longer be providing insurance coverage for Dutchess County after December 31st, 2015, I was alarmed, because they were known providing good insurance for free-lancers like myself.  They are a member-owned cooperative under the Affordable Care Act, and their premium was around $50 a month less than any of the other insurance companies for someone in my income bracket.. What I also found out was that Health Republic of New York was solely established under the Affordable Health Care Act to help people like me, and now is going out of business in our area.

Our editor writes from Krzyzowa, Poland on a music festival - see Arts and Music

Keven McEneaney reviews Music Mountain concert by Dover String Quartet - see Arts and Music

September 1: Please turn to our editorial page for the complete story 

For the results of this week's games and to see the schedule for the finals of the Tracey Mactaggart tournament please go to our sports page

August 29: For a fascinating account about architect extraordinaire, Alan Shope, by Tom Parrett please go to our environment page.  For many years Shope, who recently spoke at the Cary Institute, designed houses for the highest end of the market.  Today, having realized that “the earth is finite resource,” he practices “sustainable architecture.”  In his story Parrett takes readers on a tour of Shope’s own house in Livingston, New York that conserves resources and makes a minimum impact on the environment. 

 
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