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Michelle Carter

Michelle Carter is the Putnam editor for the Hudson Valley Reporter. She has earned awards from the NY Associated Press Managing Editors Association and the New England Press Association. When she doesn't have her nose in the news, Michelle is a professional Reiki Master and owner of The Reiki Company. She was the first woman president of the Hendrick Hudson Lions Club and is a passionate and active member. She welcomes leads, story ideas and suggestions of all kinds. She can be reached at

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Cold Spring Seeks to Redevelop The Grove

Cold Spring, N.Y.- The village is seeking proposals for an individual or entity to purchase and  redevelop the property known as The Grove. The property is on the state and national registries of historic places, having been designed by famed Gothic Revival architect Richard Upjohn, and owned by physician and surgeon Dr. Frederick Lente, a founder of the American Academy of Medicine. The village came to own ...

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Bernard Shaw, Husband of Patty Hearst, Dies in Garrison

GARRISON, N.Y.- Bernard Shaw died in Garrison Tuesday after a long illness, according to media reports. He was 68. Shaw was the vice president of corporate security for the Hearst Corporation. He was born in San Francisco and was a police officer there for 15 years. He served as  a body guard to Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, before he married her in 1979 and joined the Hears ...

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Long-Time Carmel Police Chief Steps Down

CARMEL, N.Y.- Police Chief Michael Johnson is retiring after 34 years in the Carmel Police department, 13 as Chief. Rumors about Johnson’s retirement began spreading during the town’s budget process, but he denied to the Journal News that the council’s decision to reduce his department’s budget by two officers  impacted his decision. The two positions were vacant, and the board elected not to fill them. Joh ...

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Patterson Vet: Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

PATTERSON, N.Y.- Brook Farm Veterinary Service in Patterson  is reminding the public to use caution this holiday season, as many holiday decorations and traditions can be unsafe for pets. Veterinarian Evan Kanouse said most animals are sickened because distracted or unknowing pet owners feed, or allow their pets to eat things they shouldn’t. “ Although it may seem cruel to withhold fatty meats, carcasses, g ...

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New Rink Expected to Open by Year-End at Brewster Ice Arena

SOUTHEAST, N.Y. – The Brewster Ice Arena is expanding, with a new outdoor rink expected to open by the end of the year. The new rink is regulation size and sits behind the main ice arena building, and will be used mostly for youth programs, which have seen a large increase in popularity in recent years. Construction issues have delayed the opening, but the rink is expected to open by year’s end. Brewster Ic ...

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Putnam Earns Nearly $2 Million in Economic Development Funding

BREWSTER, N.Y.- Through work with Regional Economic Development Councils, state Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I- Patterson) announced Tuesday almost $2 Million in economic development funding has been secured for Putnam County.   “While we can always do better, I am so proud that our region has done so well over the past three rounds of the Regional Economic Development Councils. I would like to see Putnam ge ...

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Putnam Pet Of The Week: Adrienne

CARMEL, N.Y. – Adrienne is an outgoing and friendly female Pekingese. She’s a sweet dog, but she has found the cold weather and her transition to the shelter to be a challenge. Adrienne would love to find a safe and secure forever home very soon. To meet Adrienne or any of the other dogs for adoption at the Putnam Humane Society, visit 68 Old Route 6 in Carmel, call 845-225-777 or go to ...

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Central Hudson Announces Over $700k in Community Donations in 2013

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.- Central Hudson has announced its employees have provided almost $700,000 in support for local nonprofits in the Hudson Valley during 2013. Since 2005, they’ve provided nearly $6 million in support. “Our employees are avid supporters of the many non-profit organizations that serve our communities, and together with Central Hudson contribute each year in many ways,” said Denise D. VanBuren ...

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Boscobel’s Sparkle Extended Due to Storm

PHILIPSTOWN, N.Y. – Because of the weekend snowstorm, the Sparkle, Nights of 10,000 Lights, event at Boscobel has been extended. The last weekend will now be a three-day event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 20, 21 and 22. Although Twilight Tour tickets are sold out, Grounds Only tickets, which includes lights and other attractions, are available. The annual event is great for adults and children alike, but reme ...

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Bikepath Country of Somers Shifts Signage Focus to Florida

SOMERS, N.Y. – Bikepath Country, a Somers company that had hoped to put sponsored signs on the Putnam County Trailway, is pursuing a similar project in Florida. Florida changed it’s state law in 2012 to allow sponsorship signs at trailheads and trail access points on seven state trails. Although Bikepath Country hasn’t yet been named as the state’s bike trail sign provider, it is the only company still expr ...

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