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WASHINGTON — Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the August Town Board meeting at 7 p.m., noting that there were more people there than usual. He noted solar powered energy was on the agenda. 

Pros and cons of a proposed solar panel moratorium were discussed by board members as well as the public. Resident Janice Silverstone said that there are positives and negatives, one of the positives being clean energy. However, she said, “‘Moratorium sounds like stopping it instead of going forward.” 

Town attorney Jeff Battistoni presented an...

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At long last, there’s hope for Millbrook’s Thorne Building

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MILLBROOK — The status of the Thorne Building has been a topic of much speculation over the years at Millbrook Village Board meetings. Now, at long last, there may be some answers. 
During the past two years, there have been multiple news articles on both the Thorne Building and the Bennett College properties, in particular, Halcyon Hall — in a severe state of disrepair. Residents were afraid the Thorne building would go the way of Halcyon, falling into ruin while questions remained unanswered. 

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Town Board discusses road repairs and recreation at monthly meeting

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Town Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 8. 
Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the meeting. Among the items discussed: the ongoing project concerning the Community Development Block Grant handicapped-accessibility upgrade at the entrance of Town Hall. It included a report by architect Ed Loedy. The bidding process for the project is currently on hold. 

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Village addresses building fees and celebrations

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.
The Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club will hold its annual fireworks display this July, for Independence Day. Although it is not open to the public, area residents can see the fireworks from various locations throughout the village. 
The Sign Committee, led by Trustee Joe Rochfort and aided by resident Kevin McGrane, is looking for suitable solutions to keeping both residents and shop owners happy with local signage.

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Millbrook graduates 88 on June 23

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MILLBROOK— Moved indoors because of the possibility of inclement weather, graduation was held on Friday, June 23, in the Millbrook High School gym. It was a joyous and moving event. From start to finish, parents, students and all other guests celebrated the 88 students who will now be going to make their own way in the world. Of the graduating seniors who applied to colleges and universities, acceptances were received from 98 different institutes of higher learning.

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Detours planned in town of Washington

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. 

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Waters and Gartelmann lead the Class of 2017

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MILLBROOK — The valedictorian and salutatorian this year at Millbrook High School are Kelly Waters and  Erica Gartelmann, respectively. 
Kelly Waters
Kelly lives in Verbank with parents Robin and June, and an older brother. She was in the school chorus, she plays piano and clarinet, she was a member of the Honor Society and she was involved the Interact program — all of which kept her busy. She played lacrosse, rode horses and took care of her two dogs and one cat.

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Horticulture set to the poetry of Emily Dickinson

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MILLBROOK — “I dwell in possibility” was the theme of this year’s Millbrook Garden Club exhibit — and it showed that imagination can abound in working with every type of flora. 
Celebrating the work of poet Emily Dickinson, pieces were whimsical, ethereal and often just beautiful in their simplicity. 
Millbrook Garden Club Chairmen Richard McKeon and Maria Elena Rooney worked with many others to make the show a memorable experience. Many said they were successful in that aim.

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Molinaro gives county forecast

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MILLBROOK — Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro told an audience of more than 30 at The Fountains on Monday, June 9, that mandated spending uses up to 70 percent of the budget. 
Behavioral and community health use 3 cents on every dollar. Economic development and other optional services can cost 4 cents. Road repair and snow removal eat up 6 cents, public safety comes in at 11 cents. Five cents is allocated for asset management and the parks receive 1 cent.

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Rotary provides school supplies

MILLBROOK — The Rotary Club of Millbrook is helping students succeed in their education by providing necessary school supplies to families that could not afford them. For the past six years, this project has aided elementary and secondary school students who attend either Millbrook or the Webutuck central schools. 
Guidance counselors at the schools identify students in need — more than 75 students in the Millbrook district have been found to require help along with even more in Webutuck schools. 

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Cooking at the Farmers Market

The Millbrook  Farmers Market was the place to be earlier this month, for all sorts of food, plants, crafts and, especially, a sampling of Drunken Apple Vodka Crositini. It was all assembled on site by Ryan Judge, director of the Family and Consumer Sciences at Millbrook Central School District, and student Madeline Ruge, 13, who is in his Introduction to Culinary Arts course. The samples ran out, but the ambiance didn’t. Recipes were handed out.

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