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Mt. Kisco's Top Stories of 2011

Monument designer Rich Alexander putting the finishing touches on the 9/11 memorial.
Monument designer Rich Alexander putting the finishing touches on the 9/11 memorial. Photo Credit: Alex Birsh
The snowstorm that struck in October was one of the notable stories of 2011.
The snowstorm that struck in October was one of the notable stories of 2011. Photo Credit: Alex Birsh
Hurricane Irene was Mother Nature's first swing against Mount Kisco in 2011.
Hurricane Irene was Mother Nature's first swing against Mount Kisco in 2011. Photo Credit: Mt. Kisco Fire Captain John Boddie

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y - With the New Year upon us, the village of Mount Kisco residents can look back on 2011 and remember the stories and unique memories that helped fill the year. At The Daily Mt. Kisco, we have done the same in choosing some of our most  important and interesting stories of 2011.

2011 marked the year Westchester took it on the chin, and hard, beginning with Hurricane Irene in August. The tropical storm did not treat Mt. Kisco lightly, causing families to find alternative ways to get power .

If August gave the left hook, October brought the powerful right. Mount Kisco was knocked with the surprise snowstorm that took out thousands of residents' power. It even took out Halloween.

Once again locals suffered from extended power outages, but unlike the aftermath of  Irene, which took place in balmy August, residents were forced to seek shelter due to the freezing temperatures.

Along with Mother Nature showing her muscle, local firemen displayed their own throughout the year on their 9/11 memorial. After more than a year of building, all by volunteer firemen, it was honored in a ceremony spoken at by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

In the wake of boxing legend Joe Frazier’s passing, a local legend became heavy hearted. John Shearer of Katonah photographed each Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali bout, and was eager to discuss the memories of his friend .

Finally, the vice president and general manager of the Saw Mill Club, Kevin Kane, will become a focal point of a new music revolution , a local singer/songwriter movement that will begin in Ossining.

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