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MILLBROOK — Artist Ellen Metzger O’Shea knew she was an artist from a very early age. Her father, whom she describes as an artist at heart, had a small studio in the basement of their family home.  She started doing art work at age 10, and said her father was respectful and encouraging.

Art was a way of life for her family. Her great-grandfather, Balthazar Metzger, was a stone carver from Germany. She remembers that he carved the stone gargoyles on a Rochester building. Her aunt was a potter. Her grandmother designed wonderful needlepoint creations. Her father...

Millbrook

BOE budget discussion begins

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MILLBROOK — The Monday, March 5, meeting of the Millbrook Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) got off to a swift start.
The Millbrook volleyball team, under the coaching of Shawn Stolicker, was recognized for excellence and sportsmanship at the state volleyball finals.

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Slammin’ Salmon swims anew

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MILLBROOK — Slammin’ Salmon is refreshed, it’s exciting and it’s reopened for business.
In truth, the restaurant, at 3267 Franklin Ave., wasn’t closed for very long, just one week, but the changes are many. With white walls, high-beamed ceilings and a smart brown and white tiled floor, the new tables and chairs are a perfect match for the new café concept.
The food, which is no longer primarily takeout, is fresh, delicious, and offers something for everyone. So, how did these changes take place, and why?

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BOE meets, discusses school security

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MILLBROOK — At the Tuesday, Feb. 20, Board of Education meeting,  Millbrook Central School District Superintendent of Schools Philip D’Angelo asked student Gabby Migliore, 16, a junior, to read a letter that she sent to President Trump regarding the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. That letter can be found in the March 1 edition of The Millerton News.

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Village Board discusses parking, garbage

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Mayor Rodney Brown opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m., and got on with administrative business, which included the acceptance of the minutes of the last meeting and naming The Millerton News, although a weekly newspaper, one of the official newspapers. 
Present were board members Mike Herzog, Brian Hicks, Kyle Van De Water; Deputy Mayor Joe Rochfort was not present. Village Clerk Sarah Witt was also present.
Matt Anderson was appointed to, and sworn in as, a new Planning Board member.

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Dutchess Day School expands its preschool program

MILLBROOK — Starting this  September, the Dutchess Day School (DDS) Lillian Goldman Preschool program will be five days a week — for both 3- and 4-year-olds, with the option of either full or half day. This expansion means that 3-year-old students at the school will benefit from the continuity of a five-day program. 
The preschool’s curriculum focuses on the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of preschool children.

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Wind blown

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Historical talk focuses on veterans

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MILLBROOK — The February meeting of the Millbrook Historical Society began with opening statements and announcements by President Dianne McNeil. She shared a first look at an ornament that will be used in fundraising for the Thorne Building. The ornament is round with a depiction of the Thorne Memorial Building by Sally Gifford O’Brien on one side and a short history of the edifice on the other. It will sell for $15 when it becomes available.

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Students exhibit at Kent Art Association

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MILLBROOK — One strong aspect of Millbrook schools is its art program — especially in the high school. Teachers Jillian Barnes, who teaches graphic design, and Michelle Cring, who  teaches studio art, are proud of their students and their work. They both make the extra effort to share their students’ work with the community.

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Millbrook High School addresses mass shootings at assembly

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MILLBROOK — On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Dover and Beacon schools received threats of violence. On Thursday, Feb. 22, a school in Poughkeepsie was also  threatened. With the recent mass killings at a high school in Parkland, Fla., zero tolerance for violence policies are more important than ever.

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Village Board Better water filtration needed

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MILLBROOK — Mayor Rod Brown opened the Village Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. and got straight to appointments. Trustee Joe Rochfort was sworn in as deputy mayor, having been absent at the reorganization meeting. Mark Vila was sworn in for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Also sworn in to the Planning Board was Kay Vanderlyn.
The Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contract was signed, which will raise for incentive credits for those who volunteer with the fire department. The issue was voted on during November’s election.

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