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WASHINGTON — Summer road closures have been announced. The long awaited replacement of the culvert on Stanford Road is beginning, and will cause the closure of that road starting Monday, June 26, and continuing until Monday, July 31. It will be open to local traffic only between Route 44 and the Shunpike (County Route 57). 

The detour will take drivers along Valley Farm Road to the Shunpike or Route 44 to Valley Farm Road. 

Through traffic will not be allowed for the duration of the project, but will reopen before the start of the 2017-18 school year. ...

Millbrook

Celebrating together

On the evening of Saturday, June 3, three of Millbrook’s religious leaders met to celebrate the Mass of the Pentecost, which is a movable celebration that occurs 50 days after Easter. Held in the newly renovated St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the participants celebrated the mass with prayer and song, followed by light refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall. Above, from left, are: Reverend Matt Calkins of Grace Church, Monsignor Gerardo Colaciccio of St. Joseph’s and Reverend Thomas Fiet of Lyall Memorial Federated Church.

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Village talks lighting, garbage and signs

MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, May 23, for a mix of new and old business. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rodney Brown. 
Several business owners along Franklin Avenue raised concerns about poor lighting and garbage piling up. 
Village Trustee Joe Rochfort is the board’s liaison to the Millbrook Business Association (MBA). 
MBA President Rona Boyer was present, as was Dierdre Houston of Millbrook Floral Design and Buffy Lee Arbogast of Babette’s Kitchen. 

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Millbrook students learn about water issues in South Sudan

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MILLBROOK — When Michelle Traudt’s English class students read “A Long Way to Water” by Linda Sue Parker, they became fascinated by the book. 
The book is actually two stories. One is about a girl in Sudan in 2008 who must walk to a pond two hours from her home to fetch water, twice a day. 

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Rally for science calls for funding, support

MILLBROOK — In a show of solidarity for the ongoing need for funding of ecology and science, a rally took place at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Monday morning, June 5. Organized by the group, Indivisible, the Fight is On (TFIO), it was a peaceful undertaking, but there were signs reading “We Won’t Give Up,” in support of more funding for science. 

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To drink or not to drink?: The Women’s Christian Temperance Union

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MILLBROOK— In a lively presentation by Millbrook Historical Society Vice President  Robert McHugh, Millbrook Historical Society President Dianne McNeil and Millbrook Historian David Greenwood, which included slide presentations and a few rounds of robust singing, the society focused on the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Millbrook. 

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Memorial Day: remembered, even in the rain

MILLBROOK—For the second consecutive year, Millbrook canceled its Memorial Day parade and other outdoor events planned to commemorate the holiday. A ceremony was held instead in the auditorium at Millbrook High School.
Kelley Walters, valedictorian, recited Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. State Assemblyman Kiernan Lalor (R-105) was the keynote speaker. He gave an account of a fallen soldier, a good friend, who gave his life for his country. 

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Efforts underway to rehabilitate Bennett College property

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MILLBROOK— After several years, a great many discussions at Village Board meetings and several news articles, the Village Board met on Tuesday, May 23, to offer some answers to the frequent question, “What’s happening with Bennett College?” 

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Annual plant sale remains a favorite

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MILLBROOK — Local gardeners look forward each weekend after Mother’s Day to the Master Gardener Plant Sale at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County in Millbrook. 

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Annual Millbrook Literary Festival an all-day feast for readers

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, May 20, was sunny and not too warm, a perfect day for many outdoor activities including the ninth annual Millbrook Literary Festival. 
The festival this year had wonderful variety. It was originally conceived by the late Scott Meyer, former owner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook.
Meyer died in 2015, but a writing award, the Scott Meyer Award for Best Essay, honors his memory. This year, three writers, Leanne Sowel, Eric Trump and Joe Stefani, read their essays. The award went to Sowel, who is a teacher and a writer.

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Washington Town Board meets to discuss handicapped access, Stanford Road award bid

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WASHINGTON — At the Town Board meeting on Thursday, May 11, architect Ed Loedy spoke about the Town Hall entrance project, which includes building a handicapped-accessible ramp. It also involves financing from the county at $100,000. Once the county approves final plans, bids can be processed — ideally by the next Town Board meeting on June 8. 

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