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WASHINGTON — The monthly Town  Board meeting was held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

After announcing that Kathy Meyers was not renewing her certification and would be leaving her position as tax assessor as of Sept. 30, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called on Highway Supervisor Joe Spagnola to give his report.

Spagnola said that an older truck, no longer in use, and a golf cart had been kept at the town park but need to be removed. The truck will be offered to the fire department for use in training; the golf cart will be dismantled and the parts will be distributed or...

Millbrook

NECC’s Chef & Farmer Brunch exceeds expectations

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MILLBROOK — Famous chefs, European trips, a game dinner for six and a golf outing for four were all part of the allure for the Chef & Farmer Brunch held on Sunday, July 28, at Millbrook School. The brunch itself took place in a light and beautifully appointed building, but the action was outdoors. On one side of the building, the food was set up under tents, and at the other side of the building, tables held the items that were up for bid in a silent auction. Roughly 325 people attended.

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Senior living: How to say goodbye to one’s home

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MILLBROOK — Memories come in many forms, not only what people keep in their heads or hearts, but in the form of something as large as a house or as small as a photo from childhood.
Houses are filled with sounds, smells and precious memories of celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, children and long gone pets. Yet houses can be a hindrance when their owners grow older. The size, the maintenance, the cost of running a home can be challenging. Still, saying goodbye to a house can be traumatic. 

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There’s a new and very sweet shop in town

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MILLBROOK — Tucked away between Barbosa’s Restaurant and the parking lot on Merritt Avenue, at 149 Church St., one can now find Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe, offering dairy treats, candy and small stationery items. There are also options for those seeking non-dairy or vegan treats.

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The sights and sounds of a parade and carnival

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Hang in there

Allegra Najdek, 7, from Millerton tested her strength at the Fireman’s Carnival in Millbrook on Saturday, July 13. For full story and more photos, see The sights and sounds of a parade and carnival.

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Village Board talks water tower update, zoning and Airbnb survey

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 25, began with introducing Nicole Zeto, deputy village clerk; Village Clerk Sarah Witt was absent. 
The water tower was to be finished after the July 4th holiday; it’s been held up mainly because of the weather.  When the tower is 90% finished, bids will go out to contractors for the water filtration system repairs.

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Town Board discusses disappearing barn and more

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WASHINGTON — On Thursday, June 13, the Washington Town Board met to discuss a variety of topics.
Highway Superintendent Joe Spagnola sent in a report, mentioning that the culvert on South Road had overflowed and was temporarily fixed. He’s in talks with the county about a permanent repair. He also listed other work that had been done by the Highway Department, and noted a number of repairs are ongoing. Town Clerk Mary Alex, meanwhile, was authorized to seek bond bids for the work for the culvert project, for a 10-year bond.

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International Baccalaureate degree: Tough, but well worth it

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MILLBROOK — When the International Baccalaureate (IB) program was first offered by Millbrook High School in September of 2017, 15 students enrolled: 14 females and one male. When that first class graduated on June 21st, just seven girls graduated with their IB degrees, proudly wearing the cords associated with the program. Millbrook started the process of preparing for the program during the 2014-15 school year, with an application process that involved two site visits, an intense program review and training for teachers and administrators.

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Tossed caps, poignant words and a brilliant sunset

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MILLBROOK — A sunny afternoon followed a rainy morning, allowing the Millbrook High School graduation ceremony to be held outdoors on Friday, June 21. The students — boys in blue, girls in white — marched in to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, played by the Millbrook High School Band.

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Water tower update, public hearing still open

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MILLBROOK — On Tuesday, June 11, the Village Board met and reopened a public hearing on zoning maps. This is an ongoing process and the hearing will remain open until the process is complete.
Mayor Rodney Brown has stated that there are no zoning changes. For instance, the bakery (now closed), is in a place allowed for that particular business. Most sites are zoned correctly, he said, also considering historic knowledge of use. Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector Ken McLaughlin will go through the zoning to look for inconsistencies.

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