Around Town (Photos)

NEW RESIDENT — The Sardinian donkeys that live outside Magazzino Italian Art on Route 9 in Philipstown — Dino, Dina, Donotello and Donatella — on Sept. 9 welcomed a newborn that the museum named Destiny. (Photo by Michele Gedney)

OFFSCREEN — Using funds provided by the district, a number of Beacon teachers chose to outfit their classes this year with “flexible seating” to encourage reading, such as these two bean bags at J.V. Forrestal Elementary. “In our own lives when we’re curling up with a book, we’re not sitting in a straight-backed chair,” explained Superintendent Matt Landahl. (Photo provided)

MUSICAL BEGINNINGS — After a concert at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon on Sept. 21, children were invited to touch and play a number of instruments, including violins, cellos, guitars, brass, woodwinds and a piano. The performance was part of the Classics for Kids series sponsored by the Howland Chamber Music Circle. (Photo by Ross Corsair)

REMEMBERING MRS. HAIGHT — On Sept. 21 at the Rombout Rural Cemetery in Fishkill, members of the Beacon chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution commemorated the life of Merriam Swim Haight (1749-1842), the wife of Revolutionary War patriot Capt. John Haight. The couple lived in Fishkill and Philipstown. Members of the Haight family also attended, and Boy Scout Troop 145 presented and retired the colors. From left to right: Lois VanWinkle Gallagher, Vicki Haight Markham, Sandy and Bill Haight, Linda Lunn Burka, Bob Haight, Jean Blaine Hoose and (kneeling) Emily Murnane. (Photo provided)

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