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WASHINGTON — Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the August Town Board meeting at 7 p.m., noting that there were more people there than usual. He noted solar powered energy was on the agenda. 

Pros and cons of a proposed solar panel moratorium were discussed by board members as well as the public. Resident Janice Silverstone said that there are positives and negatives, one of the positives being clean energy. However, she said, “‘Moratorium sounds like stopping it instead of going forward.” 

Town attorney Jeff Battistoni presented an...

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Historical Tavern Trail winds its way through Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — Charlotte’s restaurant in Millbrook has come a long way from its beginnings as a church, a speakeasy and, later, a theater. Its intriguing history was a major part of the Millbrook Historical Society’s recent meeting, which hosted the Dutchess County Historic Tavern Trail Tour on Friday, July 14. 

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BOE organizes for 2017-18

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MILLBROOK— A new president and vice president were sworn in at the Millbrook Board of Education (BOE) organizational meeting on Monday, July 10. 
After the meeting was opened by District Clerk Mary Lou Janelli, the board unanimously voted former Vice President John Rudy to the position of president, and board member Thomas Lehmkuhl to the office of vice president. Janelli swore them both in. 
Lehmkuhl was re-elected to the board in the election last May. Howard Shapiro, who was elected for his first term in office in May, was also sworn in. 

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Walbridge festival showcases life on the farm

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MILLBROOK— Cheryl and Doug Giles opened up Walbridge Farm to the public again this July for the Seventh Annual Farm Festival. With more than 1,000 acres, they have cows, chickens, goats, pigs and lots and lots of hay.
On Saturday, July 15, the farm also had hayrides, a mechanical bucking bronco and for the less adventurous, a bouncy house. There were also bean toss games, balloon artists and face painting. 

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Farm Fest Fantastic!

Molly Jackson, 9, with brother Noah, 2, hail from Manhattan but spend time in the area each summer. They stopped by the Walbridge Farm Festival on Saturday, July 15. A little mud didn’t seem to bother the youngsters or the cows they were admiring. For another photo and full story, visit Walbridge festival showcases life on the farm.

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Laura Bleau’s portraits in pastel at Merritt Bookstore

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MILLBROOK — A reception was held to celebrate the work of contemporary artist Laura Bleau at the Merritt Bookstore Gallery on Saturday, July 8. Wine, cheese and artistic discussions were plentiful, and the exhibit was enjoyed by all who attended.
Bleau paints in pastels. There are 25 works on display at Merritt, and only three of them are not portraits. Most of the subjects are very casually posed, male, female, young and old. Some are full body, others are mostly torsos, some contain more color than others, but all of them are striking in their naturalness. 

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Cary hosts forum on translational ecology

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MILLBROOK — The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies hosted more than 80 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country on Friday, July 7, offering a look at careers in the fields of science and ecology. 
The program was divided into three parts, with speakers who also talked individually to students about translational ecology and related fields. 
Josh Ginsberg, president of Cary Institute, welcomed the group. 

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2017 Annual Millbrook Fireman’s Parade and Carnival successful, fun

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, July 8, was the last night of the annual Fireman’s Carnival and the night of its parade — the biggest in Dutchess County. In spite of rain nearby, Millbrook stayed dry and the parade, with more than 20 different fire companies participating, took place at 6 p.m. The parade route took fire companies, police officers and marching bands up Franklin Avenue, ending at the Thorne Building and the site of the carnival. 

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Dutchess County 4-H hopes to grow alumni and friends group

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MILLBROOK — When Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) 4-H Youth Development Program Leader Jane Rodd called for a recent meeting, it was not to recruit more youngsters, as is frequently the case with such meetings. It was to brainstorm about bringing members — past and present — together to form a committee of friends and alumnae of Dutchess 4-H’ers.
About 30 people attended. They shared memories while reviewing photos from the 4-H archives. Many guests found pictures of people they knew, and, for some, photos of themselves. 

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Village Board discusses water contamination and more

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MILLBROOK — A Village Board meeting was held on Tuesday, June 27. Administrative business was taken care of first, with the acceptance of the minutes, with modification, from the June 13 meeting. 
Attorney Kyle Van De Water was sworn in as a new board member. Van De Water is a resident of Millbrook, married and with four children. 

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BOE celebrates Hurley’s 24 years of service to schools

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MILLBROOK— The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, June 26, for a June 19 meeting that was postponed due to inclement weather. 
BOE Vice President John Rudy presented outgoing President Thomas Hurley with a plaque for 24 years of service to the district, the last 22 as president. Cake followed, and the meeting recessed for about 15 minutes. Hurley will finish his term this summer.

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