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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. 

Through traffic will not be allowed for the duration of the project, but will reopen before the start of the 2017-18 school year. ...

Millbrook

Hamada photos on display through May

judithb@millertonnews.com

MILLBROOK — The highly unusual collection of photographs currently on display at the Millbrook Library  through the end of May are by Helen Hamada.
She lives in Woodstock with her husband, Kardash Onnig, a multimedia artist who works out of Stanfordville. That 11-acre property, at 76 Halas Lane, is home to installations of Onnig’s work. The pair also displays the work of other artists in Stanfordville, where they have their working studio.

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Millbrook resident talks about surviving the Holocaust

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MILLBROOK —   The story of Regina Samelson is a long one; after all, she was born on May 16, 1922, 95 years ago. But the real miracle of her story is that she is here at all, because she is a survivor of the Holocaust. These days, at her home at The Fountains in Millbrook, she reflects on her life.  

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Millbrook BOE presents 2017-18 budget

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) had its budget vote and board elections on Tuesday, May 16, after press time. The budget differs little from the previous year’s. 

Village Board works on municipal budget

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MILLBROOK —   A meeting for the 2017-18 budget was held at Village Hall on Thursday, May 4. A preliminary budget shared on April 24 showed revenue of $1.6 million, but expenses of $1.7 million, a deficit of $99,000 in the A fund. 
The F fund, or water fund, had a revenue of $277,000, with expenses listed at $224,000, an increase of $53,000. The G fund boasted $325,000, with expense listed at $311,000, showing a plus of $14,000.

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Millbrook School advances to finals of nation’s premier rocketry contest

MILLBROOK — Team Δa/Δt from Millbrook School has qualified to compete in the national finals of the 15th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team will face 99 of the top rocketry teams from across the country to claim the title of national champion. The TARC Final Fly-Off will take place Saturday, May 13, at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., outside of Washington, D.C.

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Getting artsy

Each spring, Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook hosts the annual Millbrook Central School District Art Show. The space, which was renovated last year, along with the entire store, is large and well lit, allowing for more than 100 works of art to be displayed. Owner Kira Wizner, who took over the bookstore and the art show last year, said she enjoys having the students’ work on display. 

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An artistic endeavor

From left, Archer Adams, 5, worked with Isabelle Rubbo, 13, a middle-school student from Millbrook, and his sister, Madeline, 8. Isabelle was helping children create books at Merritt Bookstore. Archer and Madeline live in Poughkeepsie, but are frequent visitors to Millbrook. In the background is some of the art from the Millbrook Central School District’s Annual Art Show.

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Village Board welcomes public participation: Up for discussion: Budget, meeting rules, Thorne Building and water issues

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MILLBROOK— In a lengthy but amicable meeting, the Village Board met on Tuesday, April 25. As it was the second meeting of the month, residents who attended were able to make public comments.
The first order of business was a line-by-line discussion of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Mayor Rodney Brown went over each item individually. Some items were unchanged from this year’s budget while some were higher or lower. Brown gave explanations for each item and change. 

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Arbor Day celebrated by children and adults alike

MILLBROOK — The village of Millbrook celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 28. It was a day to celebrate the planting of trees, a tradition started  back in 1854 by J. Sterling Morton in the Nebraska Territory.
Arbor Day has since become a national tradition, with different dates for Arbor Day coinciding with the best planting season in each section of the country. 
Also this year, Millbrook is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Tree City, U.S.A. 

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Millerton Elementary building sale approved

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MILLERTON — After three years of soliciting bids, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) recently approved the sale of the Millerton Elementary School (MES) building during its meeting on Tuesday, April 25.  The building was sold to Richard Lanka and Morgan Coy, for $275,000. Lanka and Coy were reached for this story, but opted not to make their plans for MES public at this time.

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