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Published: 2/22/2022

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The Dutchess County Legislature’s Tick Task Force, together with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, announced today that it will host the 2022 “Be Tick Free!” Media Contest that will be open to middle and high school students from now through May 6, 2022. The goal of the contest is for students to learn how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and then use their digital media skills to teach others what they have learned. Students are asked to create a 30- to 60-second live action or computer animated public service announcement on how to prevent tick-borne disease. Entries may be submitted by individuals or groups.


Donna Bolner, Legislator from District 13 and Chairwoman of the Tick Task Force, explains that the media contest allows youth in Dutchess County to use their talents in areas such as communication, theater, and video production to educate residents of the danger’s ticks pose to their families and pets.


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Awards and prizes totaling $500 per division will be presented to contest winners at the June meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature by the Tick Task Force. Last year’s First Place winner was Arlington High School student William Gwinn, Second Place winner was Daniel Bernhardt and Honorable Mention was Emily Moroney and Don Cote.  To view the winning videos and find out how to “Be Tick Free!” visit:,, and


Legislator Donna Bolner and the Tick Task Force are committed to efforts in prevention and education regarding negative effects of the tick population. The mission of the Tick Task Force is to develop long-term goals and make recommendations to the Legislature in the efforts of understanding and safely controlling ticks and reducing Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases.