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#22: June 2006

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Editorial: A 4% Solution

Perhaps it wasn’t surprising that May’s school budget proposal didn’t pass. Not because it wasn’t a reasonable budget, but because last year’s expected increase in taxes was a far cry from the actual increase in taxes: while a number somewhere near 8% was thrown around, what taxpayer’s actually ended up seeing on their tax bills […]

Editorial: Two Years, Volunteers, and a Love for this Town

With the publication of this issue—our 22nd—the Beacon Dispatch marks the completion of two years in print. During these two years we’ve grown from a small newsletter with our first issue to a full tabloid-sized newspaper from our second issue on. All the while our intent has been to provide the City of Beacon and […]

Beacon Summer Camps

by Karen Maserjian Shan Last summer Belinda Leon learned how to make salsa. She also planted and transplanted vegetables and took a course in culinary cutting skills while earning money, thanks to the Green Teen youth summer program she participated in through Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. As a student at Beacon Academy, the 18-year-old […]

A River of Words

Capturing the Oral History of Hudson River Fishermen by Kate Fraher “For much of human history, work and energy have linked humans and rivers, humans and nature. But today…. the link between our work and nature has weakened. We no longer understand the world through labor. Once the energy of [a river] was felt in […]

Beacon Voices: Dan Fisherman, “Grease Monkey”

by Michael Daecher With gas prices hovering around $3 per gallon, many people are wondering how they can save money at the pump. Dan Fisherman, computer programmer and teacher of math and science at the Randolph School, has found an interesting way to get around that. He converted his car engine to run on vegetable […]

Safe Enough to Swim?

Our intrepid reporter dips his feet in Fishkill Creek by Nate Binzen On a few hot days last summer, I took a leap into Fishkill Creek in Glenham, just upstream from the Beacon town line. Kids were jumping in the water. I couldn’t resist. The water felt great, but I had to wonder… Should I […]

Beacon Police Blotter

edited by Michael Daecher This month’s police blotter covers the period of April 24 to May 23. During the month the Beacon Police Department responded to 1123 total calls, 195 of which were traffic stops. A total of 73 arrests were made. Why is the blotter edited? Why not show all calls? The blotter has […]

Recipe: Organic Summer Salad

with Grilled Chicken and Salmon by Bruce Beaty June is for me a most welcome month.The days become warmer and longer, school’s out, our schedules ease up, and things become a bit more relaxed. It’s a transitional month that jump-starts the BBQs’ role as the central social area for entertaining and family meals.The way we […]

Common Ground Farm

Or – How to stay close to the earth while keeping your distance by Jack Sine Okay, it’s difficult for you to get fresh, organic veggies – maybe you don’t like to get dirt under your nails, maybe you don’t have a big enough yard to grow your own, or maybe you just don’t like […]


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