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MILLBROOK — Sunday, Sept. 8, was Grandparents Day, and The Fountains at Millbrook held a celebration with all things fall, such as pumpkin doughnuts, hot and cold apple cider and music. 

Thomas Hooker Hanford played the harmonica and guitar, singing songs most of the residents knew, from as far back as 1926 and through the ‘60s. There were many singing along, tapping feet and clapping hands. 

The grandchildren of residents were invited, and among those who accepted the invitation was Leah Colby, 12, granddaughter of Bill Smith, a resident of The...

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Students present findings at Cary Institute

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MILLBROOK — For the past 32 years, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies has conducted a program for undergraduate students doing research, for 12 weeks during the summer. At the end of that time, the students each present their research project, the tools employed in their research, their methodology and their findings. It’s all part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, 12 students from seven different states gathered at the institute to share their work and findings with the public, family and friends. 

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Millbrook School students blast off at rocketry competition

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MILLBROOK — Three students from Millbrook School, a private coeducational school, made it to the Team America Rocketry Challenge for students grades six through 12.  
The students, Kevin Yu, 18, of Ningbo, China; Kevin Wang, 17, of Beijing, China; and Team Leader Chris Wedd, 19, of nearby Red Hook, worked with Team Coach Jeffrey LaCosse. They designed, built and flew a rocket — no mean feat. The idea was to get the lowest score by meeting competition goals. An annual competition, generally 850 teams compete each year across America.

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Sager, Williams win Millbrook Tribute Garden Merit Scholarships

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook High School has once again produced outstanding scholars who have garnered awards in athletics, arts and academics. Among them are Emma Sager and Stephanie Williams, who received the 2019 Millbrook Tribute Garden Merit Scholarship awards, announced by Nancy T. Murphy, chair of the committee.
The two, $20,000 scholarships are four years each, paid out in $5,000 increments.

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Joseph Hines teaches teens to navigate their own success

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MILLBROOK — When Joseph Hines came to the Millbrook Library in the spring of 2019, he came with a full background in education, with bi-lingual expertise and a little musical know-how to boot. He worked in the Arlington School District in LaGrangeville since 2007, and still works there as a substitute teacher. He’s a dedicated advocate for public education and in that capacity has worked with students, teachers and parents.

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Classical concerts planned, for church and library

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MILLBROOK — Joshua Bishop Groffman is a home-grown talent. He is a native of Millbrook, and although he teaches in Pennsylvania he still spends as much time in Millbrook as he can. Much to the delight of family, friends and music lovers, Groffman will be in Millbrook to grace listeners with not one, but two performances in the very near future.

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Cary addresses translational ecology

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MILLBROOK — Seven presenters discussed translational ecology with students at a forum on Tuesday, July 2, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The program began with remarks by Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute, and Alan Berkowitz, head of education at Cary. 

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New signage codes focus of Village Board meeting

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MILLBROOK — A lengthy but productive meeting took place on Tuesday, July 23, at Village Hall. The meeting focused on the topic of signage. It has been the opinion for some time that new codes are needed to resolve contradictions and uncertainties in the existing code.
A sign committee was formed at the behest of Mayor Rodney Brown. The committee consisted of village Trustees Joe Rochfort and Kevin McGrane and residents Rona Boyer and Heather LaVarnway. 

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The cream of the crop

National Honor Society graduates, many wearing the gold cords of honor,  included, front row, from left, Matthew Castignozzi, Charles Michael Ackerman, Kara Chadwell Dennis. Sebastion Kopliak, Hali Wack, Colby Whalen, Angelia Zeolla. Back row, from left, Caroline Halpin, Gabrielle Friedman, Britney Arnold, Ethan Bialy, Brianna Morano, Catherine Halpin, Alyson Procter, Patrick Kyle, Taylor Spagnola, Julia Testa and Emma Sager. They were honored at a June BOE meeting.

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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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