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Published: 5/17/2018

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Donna Bolner, County Legislator
District 13 – East Fishkill/LaGrange/Wappinger

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Tick Task Force, proclaimed May as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month at the Dutchess County Legislature Board Meeting Monday night. As part of awareness, The Dutchess County Tick Task Force, together with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, hosted the 2018 “Be Tick Free!” Media Contest.

Donna Bolner, Legislator from District 13 and Chair of the Tick Task Force, explains that the media contest is one way Dutchess County youth can become better aware of the dangers ticks pose to their families and pets.

Arlington High School students, Kevin Desnoyers (11th Grade) and Max Wilkinson (10th Grade) were honored as winners of the “Be Tick Free” Video Competition, along with fellow students Rachel Priebe (12th Grade) and Erin Traut (12th Grade), at last night’s meeting of the Legislature.  The goal of the contest was for students to use their digital media skills to teach others how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.  Middle and High School students were asked to create a 30- or 60-second live action or computer animated public service announcement on how to prevent tick-borne disease.

School officials, family, and friends were on hand as Dutchess County Legislator and Tick Task Force Chair, Donna Bolner and the Tick Task Force presented the Arlington students with a prize award courtesy of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force. They also received a “Be Tick Free!” backpack with tick-bite prevention materials, a tick removal kit, and hand sanitizer.

Legislator Donna Bolner and the Tick Task Force are committed to efforts in controlling 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.

To view the winning videos and find out how to “Be Tick Free!” visit and

To learn more about what Dutchess County has to offer, please visit the Dutchess County Tick Task Force