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MILLBROOK — With a surprisingly robust turnout of about 230 people, the first public meeting concerning the future of the Thorne Memorial Building took place on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Millbrook firehouse. 

Oakley Thorne spoke about the building’s history and efforts to determine its future. His family donated the structure to the village generations ago.

Thorne explained a committee was formed to do some basic research on possible prospects for the site’s future. It then invited members of the community tocome together to help put plans into action...

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Dutchess Day School welcomes new head of school

MILLBROOK— With new head of school Matt Heard at the helm, Dutchess Day School started its 62nd school year on Thursday, Sept. 7. 
Prior to coming to Dutchess Day, Heard served as head of upper school at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., the oldest junior boarding school in the country. Before that, he was the assistant head at The Tuxedo Park School for almost a decade. 

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Washington awards bids, hears about National Library Sign Up Month

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WASHINGTON — At the  Thursday, Sept. 14, Town Board  meeting, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri introduced Stephanie Harrison, director of the Millbrook Library, who spoke about this being National Library Sign Up Month. Harrison spoke of the volume of visitors who pass through the library each year, and about the services provided by the library. She also thanked the town for its ongoing support.

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Stan Morse resigns from Millbrook Planning Board

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MILLBROOK — When Stan Morse delivered his letter of resignation to the Millbrook Village Hall on Aug. 17, it was to step down as chairman of the Planning Board.
“I’m proud of my public service,” he said, “I’ve been involved in it since 2007, and I think it’s time for me to move on.” 

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Millbrook’s Thorne Building, revisited

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MILLBROOK — This year, Community Day in Millbrook, held on Saturday, Sept. 9, featured something very special  — tours of the historic Thorne Building. 
The building, standing at the corner of Franklin and Maple avenues, is an imposing structure, hard to miss when entering or leaving Millbrook via Franklin Avenue.

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Community Day in Millbrook: chilly, but so much fun

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, Sept. 9, was just a bit chilly for this time of year, but it didn’t spoil the enjoyment of Millbrook’s annual Community Day. Residents strolled up and down Franklin Avenue  to the Thorne Building and the bandshell and then back again.
Merritt Books had a book signing and discussion with Joshua Cohen about his latest book, “Moving Kings.”

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Millbrook at home, a new model for aging

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MILLBROOK — Advancing age can be a terrifying prospect for some people, yet it can’t be avoided. Many senior citizens fear losing their independence, and worry about having to leave the homes they love to move into a retirement or nursing home. The wish, for many, is to stay in their own homes, independent for as long as possible.
In rural areas, there are often fewer services for seniors, especially transportation. Getting to doctors’ appointments, shopping or visiting with friends and family can become difficult.

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A look at BOE’s August meetings

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MILLBROOK — On Monday, Aug. 7, the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met. Superintendent of Schools Philip D’Angelo was named Clerk Pro Tem in the absence of regular Clerk Mary Lou Janelli. 
At the meeting, donations were accepted from the Millbrook Tribute Garden, Inc. 
An agreement was approved by the district to work with Millbrook Physical Therapy. 

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A year after high school, where in the world is George Ouimet?

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MILLBROOK— When George Ouimet was a student at Millbrook High School, he was a very busy young man. A member of the UN Club, the drama club and many other clubs and activities, he also worked  at Merritt Bookstore for four years. Shortly after graduation in 2016, Ouimet also ran the annual Scott Myers 5 K race, in honor of the late owner of Merritt Bookstore. This summer, Ouimet worked at the Town of Washington Summer Camp. 

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Millbrook veteran seeks medal due him

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MILLBROOK — Iwo Jima, Japan, is more than 6,000 miles from Millbrook and since World War II, more than 70 years have passed. But for Fountains resident Bill Orton, the battles he fought all those years ago are never far away. Orton recalls the details as though the war happened only yesterday. He fought as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He’s one of the few still alive to talk about it.

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Village Board meeting: Special needs and playground discussed

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MILLBROOK — At the Village Board’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22, Mayor Rod Brown read a letter from Stan Morse, resigning as chair of the Planning Board. The resignation was accepted.
A bid from Adam’s Fencing of Poughkeepsie was accepted to erect a galvanized fence for the Water Treatment Plant at a cost of $16,790. It was the lowest bid for the project.

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