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Dutchess County Needs Contact Tracers

In order for Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Region to begin re-opening in phases and importantly to contain COVID-19 and prevent further spread, the County is in vital need of individuals to serve as contact tracers, who can work remotely and telephone residents who may have been exposed to COVID-positive individuals.  New York State will not allow our county or region to begin Phase One of reopening until we can prove we have sufficient residents willing to serve in this capacity. if you would be willing to take a 4-hour training to fill this critical gap and help our community take the next step in the re-opening process, please send your name, email address and cell phone number to Signing up to add your name to available volunteers does not prevent you from applying for a paid contact tracing positions with the State.

Latest Update from the County on Reopening Dutchess / Stanford

We had hoped to announce a full entry into the Phase I Reopening today, but Dutchess County is being grouped within the Mid-Hudson Region, and although Dutchess meets 6 out of 7 metrics to move into Phase I, we are being held back by other counties within our region.  That being said, both Dutchess & Ulster Counties have been given the green light for these activities:

  1. Drive-in Movie Theaters are open for movies as well as for church services and graduation services
  2. Houses of Worship may conduct services outside as long as the congregation stays in their vehicles
  3. Our library in Stanford is not yet open, but there are many opportunities they are offering.  Check out their FB page.
  4. Retail can deliver to curbside no matter the size of the store.  They can deliver items to a customer’s home or have the customer pick-up at curbside. The owner and one employee can be on site.
  5. Single student horseback riding with a single instructor
  6. Hunt clubs and gun clubs can operate.  However, there can be no food service indoors.  Food can be sold for “curbside” pick-up
  7. All elective medical procedures are now allowed as well as acupuncture
  8. Auto Maintenance
  9. Pet grooming [if it involves the animal’s health]
  10. Landscaping.  Please continue to social distance and wear mask protection if you are landscaping as a crew.
  11. Non-motorized boating
  12. Golf – one person to a cart

The County is also postponing its Foreclosure Auction so owners still have time to pay back taxes.

We will make every effort to restrict only certain areas of Sparc Park so the picnic tables and open air spaces are available to enjoy.  We ask that people outside of direct family clusters still maintain social distancing.  I hope to make this announcement within a few days.

Our Fire Company Delivers Birthday Cheer

As the weeks have morphed into a second month, I know that many of us are experiencing Cabin Fever. It’s particularly hard on our children.  Teachers are performing gymnastic feats of creative teaching and learning while social distancing continues with their students, but still it is a lonely time.  A brilliant act of caregiving was created by the Stanford Fire Company in partnership with the Pine Plains Fire Company for cheering up both children and adults who are having birthdays during this time of physical isolation.  For the past two Saturdays,  a parade of  Engines and pick up trucks along with one of Duffy Layton’s Dump Trucks, visited  twenty-five homes. They blew the sirens and  flashed their lights with a call out for every birthday girl and boy. Even during this time of quarantine, this would be a birthday to remember.

We have the best Fire Company anywhere!  They have been making some very tough trips since the outbreak of COVID-19 and yet they have found the time to make our children happy.  Thank you, firemen and EMTS for taking such great care of our Community.  

Summer Jobs and Other Jobs

TOWN OF STANFORD – Seasonal job.  Perform and oversee maintenance of recreation area and other town facilities.  Generally, mid-April to mid-November.  Mon.-Fri. 8 hours a day.  Work to include: lawn mowing, minor carpentry, bush hogging, swimming pond / filter maintenance, baseball field maintenance, other misc. jobs. Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license. 

Send or deliver resumes on or before  April 24th to Jim Myers, Superintendent of Highways, 11 Creamery Road, Stanfordville, NY 12581. Phone # 845.868.7804

We are also looking for a new Secretary for the CAC [Conservation Advisory Committee]. The job involves one meeting per month and some intermittent clerical work.  Please contact the Town Clerk at to request information on the position.


Pets Together – A home-grown Stanford non-profit makes a Difference

Animal Farm Foundation Launches Pets Together Program

-Response to COVID-19 crisis designed to ease social isolation- 


Bangall, NY April 16. 2020: Animal Farm Foundation has announced the launch of Pets Together, a free virtual program that allows those who are socially isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic to enjoy friendly interaction with pets (including dogs, cats, goats, horses, and other critters) and people. The goal of the program is to increase social connection and mitigate the loneliness that is a painful aspect of the pandemic. 


Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing dogs and people together to end discrimination. Using live video-conferencing platforms (Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts), the AFF team will schedule real-time visits where people can watch the animals and participate in friendly conversations with those who care for them. Notably, the Pets Together model greatly expands access to pet visits that have traditionally been reserved for face-to-face interactions for people living in group settings (such as nursing homes and hospitals) through formal therapy animal programs. The video chats are also available to doctors, nurses, and other health professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.


“One of the many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is social isolation and loneliness, which were already highly prevalent before the crisis” said Stacey Coleman, Executive Director of Animal Farm Foundation. “We designed Pets Together to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances by tapping into the power of pets to spread joy and bring people together.”


Even before the pandemic, social isolation was a public health threat negatively impacting the wellbeing of many individuals, including but not limited to older adults. Now, with the mandate to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, so many more people are at risk for social isolation—further threatening physical as well as mental health. 


Defined as a state in which the individual lacks a sense of belonging socially and engagement with others, social isolation can result in a 29% increased risk of mortality over time, researchers have found. In fact, social isolation is comparable with other well-established risk factors such as poor access to health care, exposure to environmental hazards, injury and violence, obesity and physical inactivity, substance misuse and mental health disorders. 


Kim Wolf, Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work Candidate at the University of Georgia, worked with AFF to create the innovative Pets Together Program. She explains, “Pets bring us comfort during times of distress, but not everyone is in a position to have one. I can’t imagine going through this pandemic without my pets, so I wanted to share them with others. Pets Together is a model that brings joy and comfort to those who are feeling socially isolated and lonely. We are all in this together, even the pets!”


For more information about the Pets Together Program, or to learn how to participate, please visit


About Animal Farm Foundation


Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) brings dogs and people together to end discrimination. As a 501(c)3, AFF creates positive change for dogs, people, and communities through our service dog program, PAWS prison program, and by funding the training of K9 detection dogs. We provide lawmakers and policymakers with the information they need to create non-discriminatory laws and policies. If necessary, we work within the legal system to end breed-specific discrimination. We also consult with and offer free resources to animal welfare workers and community advocates.


New York On PAUSE

It is critically important that our community continue to practice social distancing and adhere to Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order through April 29th.  Dutchess County will experience its surge in the next two weeks so we need to be extra vigilant. The key points are as follows:

*All non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;

*Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are canceled or postponed at this time;

*Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;

*When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;

*Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a tele-health visit to to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;

*Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and

*Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes

Violations of this order would be subject to punishment and fines per the State enforcement directives. “The fine for such violation by an individual who is participating in any gathering which violates the terms of the orders or is failing to abide by social distancing restrictions in efffect in any place which is not their home shall not exceed $1,000.

Storm Alert for Dutchess County

Service restored to more than 27,000 customers

95% should be restored by tonight at 10 p.m.

Large field force will continue to make repairs through Wednesday

A field force of 370 electric line and tree clearing personnel, together with a support staff of hundreds, are assessing damage, making repairs and restoring electric service today, following Monday’s severe weather that interrupted power to more than 39,000 Central Hudson customers. The storm caused more than 1.3 million power outages from Texas to Maine, bringing high winds and stormy conditions to the Mid-Hudson Valley region. As of 7 a.m. this morning, service has been restored to 27,600 homes and businesses since the start of the storm on Monday morning. Currently, approximately 11,500 customers are without electric service, the majority of which continue to be located in southeastern Dutchess County and Orange County. More than 340 individual damage locations are reported, including 31 broken poles, each to be addressed by repair crews in order to restore electric service.


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“Because of the significant number of individual damage locations, we expect that repairs will likely continue to take place throughout today and Wednesday,” said Ryan Hawthorne, Assistant Vice President of Electric Engineering and Operations at Central Hudson. “To assist in our restoration efforts, we are working to secure additional electric line workers, however resources are stretched thinly across the multi-state areas impacted by these storms,” he said. “We will continue to use every means to secure additional resources as they become available.”

Watch out for fallen wires and instruct children to do the same

“As a safety reminder, keep at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees and limbs,” said Hawthorne. “Assume all downed lines are live, and maintain a wide distance from fallen trees and limbs.” He said under the current pandemic, many families and children are at home and often take to the outdoors or go for walks in their neighborhoods, especially as the weather has turned milder. “Please watch for and keep families and neighbors away from these hazards,” he said. Motorists, too, should continue be aware of the potential for downed limbs and power lines that may block roadways, and should never attempt to drive over or around downed power lines. “We understand the importance of electric service to our customers and their families under these circumstances and remain committed to restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.”

Central Hudson follows CDC guidelines for the safety of the public and utility personnel. “Our electric line crews and support staff are practicing social distancing when addressing emergencies and we are staging crews to avoid clustering of personnel,” said Hawthorne. “We kindly ask that our customers, too, maintain social distancing with one another and our field personnel as they repair storm damage and restore power.”


You can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. Assume all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution.

• Do not drive over fallen wires. Always follow the utility personnel instructions regarding fallen power lines.

• If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything it contacts. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts may be energized. Call 911 to report fallen wires.

• Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials like wood or cloth can conduct electricity if even slightly wet.


• NEVER operate a generator in an enclosed space, including your basement or garage. Doing so can lead to a potentially lethal build-up of colorless, odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide.

• NEVER use your oven, a grill or any outdoor heating appliance indoors. Doing so creates potentially lethal fire and carbon monoxide hazards.

• Only have an experienced electrician connect a generator to your home. Improperly installed generators may overload circuits, cause a fire or shock hazard, and can result in serious injury or property damage. Improperly installed generators can also back-feed onto electric lines and endanger repair crews working to restore service.

• Plug appliances directly into the generator using a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is designed to handle the wattage of all the appliances being connected.



Birthday Celebrations for our Children

The Stanford Fire Company and Pine Plains Hose Company are teaming up to celebrate the birthdays of children in our towns. They are planning to drive their engines to the homes of children with birthdays and blow the sirens, honk the horns and hopefully make their day.  The plan is that the trucks will be making the rounds on Saturdays between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

If the birthday is between April 9th and 19th, they will be driving by on Saturday the 18th.

If the birthday is between April 20th and April 26th, they will be driving by on Saturday the 25th.

If the birthday is between April 27th and May 3rd they will be driving by on Saturday May 2md/

Parent should should call any of the following people to get on the calendar and provide their phone number, address and birthday child’s first name so they can call out to the child by name.

Matt Zick     845-705-5533       Ed Zick   845-266-8366     Kathie Spiers   845-868-7320

Please call by Thursday 8 p.m. prior to the Saturday they want the drive by to occur.  Once the schedule is set, the parents will be called to get an estimated time for the drive by.  Please make sure you are outside with your child so they are properly supervised.  


Virtual Town Board Meeting

Our Town Board Meeting will be held on April 9th, 2020 at 7:00 via ZOOM.  The meeting will be live-streamed to our TOWN OF STANFORD NOTES FROM THE SUPERVISOR Facebook page, and you will be able to send in questions from that site which we will answer.  The meeting will be recorded and posted to the Town website hopefully within a day or two.  We are still trying to learn a lot of new technology so we can keep the working of our government going and at the same time keep you all informed.