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Coronavirus: Dutchess first responders adjust procedures for safety, quarantine as needed

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Sharing meals together has been a firefighter tradition for decades.

But for the last two weeks, the City of Poughkeepsie’s firefighters have kept their distance from each other. They’re also responding to fewer medical calls and increasing sanitation at the firehouses, according to city Fire Chief Mark Johnson.

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Gasoline prices fall and are likely to keep ‘going down like a rock’

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Average gasoline prices fell last week over fears about the coronavirus and are likely to keep falling in the wake of an unexpected plunge in the price of oil, said Monday.

Local averages Monday morning were $2.47 per gallon in Ulster County, down 5 cents from a week earlier; $2.63 in Dutchess County, down a penny; and $2.60 in Greene County, down 3 cents.

The statewide average Monday was $2.57 per gallon, down 4.6 cents from a week earlier, GasBuddy reported. The national average fell 6.3 cents per gallon, to $2.36.

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What Hudson Valley Malls Were Your Spots to Hang Out at as a Kid?

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I was walking through the Poughkeepsie Galleria the other day when it occurred to me how different malls are nowadays compared to the malls of yesteryear. Much bigger, and people actually are there to SHOP. It’s certainly a far cry from the malls that I used to go to when I was a kid. But we loved those malls and they were awesome places to just hang out. In fact, we did a lot more hanging than shopping back then. Do you remember when these malls were the coolest places to hang?

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Check Out These Stunning Photos of the Season’s First Snowfall

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Bust out your shovels, Hudson Valley! Snow is officially here. Our area saw its first real snowfall of the season over Thanksgiving weekend and, depending on where you live, you probably witnessed anywhere from six to upward of 12 inches. As the white stuff continues to stick to our yards (and cars), we decided to browse through Instagram to round up the region’s top winter wonderland photos. We not only encourage you to browse through, but also tell us how you feel about seeing more snow in our poll below! Read More in

What is Dutchess County’s signature food?

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The Garbage Plate is an intimidating heap of home fries, macaroni salad and burgers. It’s smothered with hot sauce and topped with raw onions, mustard and ketchup.

The dish dates back to the 1930s, when it was sold under the name “hots ‘n’ potats” at Nick Tahou Hots. Garbage Plate was a nickname used by college students in the 1980s. Read More in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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