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WASHINGTON — More than 25 people filled the Town Hall meeting room on Thursday, June 14, to discuss the proposed amendment  to the zoning code concerning solar energy and wind energy systems. The public hearing on Local Law No. 1 followed a moratorium on passing laws dealing with solar energy so that a committee could focus on town needs and wants.

Headed by Councilmen Al De Bonis and Michael Murphy, more than eight meetings took place during the time the moratorium was in effect, with a committee that included resident Larry Ham, Town Justice Jeff Feigelson, residents...

Millbrook

Plans discussed for intersection and more at Village Board meeting

MILLBROOK— The Tuesday, May 8, meeting of the Village Board began after Mayor Rodney Brown informed those attending that the part-time worker hired to fill in while Village Clerk Sarah Witt is out on maternity leave did not work out and has left the post.
A proposal was put forth to approve engineer Rich Rennia as the new village planner.

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Remembering Millbrook’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day

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MILLBROOK — On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Millbrook residents and visitors gathered together to honor those who died in the line of duty while defending this nation.
Members of VFW Post 9008, the American Legion and both the Millbrook and Unionvale Fire Departments, along with Troop 31 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts  and several other small groups marched down Franklin Avenue. Assorted jeeps and military vehicles helped to make the parade exciting and, for some, nostalgic.

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Millbrook teen soars his way to Eagle Scout status

MILLBROOK— On Sunday, May 20, the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 31, Millbrook, welcomed Patrick Dennis Scribner to the Eagle Scout Court of Honor in a ceremony called to order by Troop Leader Edward Olson.
Eagle Scouts are the highest rank in the Boy Scouts and the honor is more than 100 years old. Not an easy task, it takes years to fulfill the requirements. 
The Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, be reverent of the Scout’s oaths and laws, show a willingness to serve and an aptitude for leadership.

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Literary Festival celebrates 10 years

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MILLBROOK — Torrential rain couldn’t put a damper on the 10th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival, held on Saturday, May 19. Traffic under the tents may have been a little light, but the forums inside the library were heavily attended and much appreciated.
The festival was founded by Scott Meyer, who passed away in the summer of 2016. As the owner of Merritt Bookstore, he was an avid promoter of reading and writing. His successor, Merritt owner Kira Wizner, is as well.

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Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale flourishes for another year

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MILLBROOK— After a long winter, there are April showers, and in May, there is Mother’s Day — the weekend after Mother’s Day is the annual Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC)..
The sale began at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16; by 9 a.m. a crowd had gathered. 

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Zoos and conservation discussed at the Cary Institute

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MILLBROOK — Colored slides, bare facts and two distinguished scientists lent to a riveting presentation on Friday, May 4, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Daniel M. Ashe, president of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and Dr. Ricardo Stanoss, DVM, of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, spoke  separately. They both told of how they became interested in conservation and of how people must all work together to preserve wildlife for future generations to know and learn about.

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Bidding farewell to Buddy Marona

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MILLBROOK— When Edward “Buddy” Marona passed away on April 30 the village of Millbrook lost a native son, and by most  accounts, a man beloved by all.
Marona was born in Millbrook on July 28, 1932. Nicknamed Buddy by his sister, it’s the name everyone knew him by. He graduated from Millbrook High School, and only left the village for the two years he spent serving in the United States Army in 1956 and ’57. 

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Trip to Italy is a journey back in time

MILLBROOK — Ten students, one teacher and two parents from the Dutchess Day School (DDS) took an eight-day trip to Italy where they immersed in Roman and Italian culture and history. The students, in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, experienced as much as they possibly could in the time allotted, informed by a travel guide as well as Russell Day, who teaches Latin and writing at DDS. 

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Four candidates run for two seats on school boardj

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MILLBROOK — The 2018-19 Millbrook Central School District (MCSD) Board of Education race is underway, with four candidates vying for two open positions.
Members of the board serve for a three-year term; two of the candidates are currently serving on the board, and two are running for the first time.
John Rudy

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Board of Ed reviews budget

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MILLBROOK— The annual  budget vote will be on Tuesday, May 15, from noon to 9 p.m. at Millbrook Middle School; the regular meeting will take place in the middle school library at 7 p.m.
The 2018-19 budget was posted online at www.millbrookcsd.org by Brian S. Fried, assistant superintendent for Business and Finance and Operations.

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