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Millbrook — Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the state gathered in Owego, N.Y., from Wednesday through Friday, March 22 through 24, for the 2017 New York State FCCLA Leadership Conference. 

The meeting provided students with the opportunity to attend leadership training, hear keynote speakers, explore colleges and careers and participate in STAR Event competitions. Students from the Millbrook, Arlington, Marlboro and Tri-Valley school districts were in attendance and many qualified to represent the...

Millbrook

Village agrees to $90,000 settlement for oil spill

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MILLBROOK — In a special last-minute meeting Monday night, March 21, the Millbrook Village Board agreed to the final terms of a settlement with the DeBonis family, which owns a home at 31 Merritt Ave., two doors down from Village Hall.
The agreement will add more than $90,000 to the estimated $1 million expense of cleaning up the oil contamination detected two years ago at the site.

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Thorne building eviction disputed

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MILLBROOK — Lawyers representing both sides in the dispute over the lease on the Thorne Building on Franklin Avenue appeared in town court on Thursday morning, March 17, to argue before Justice Bruce Aubin.
Allan Rappleyea represented tenants Michael and Erica Downing, and Rebecca Valk, the village attorney, presented the village’s case. Before starting in the courtroom, Aubin took both lawyers outside to try to settle the matter quickly. No success.

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Music kicks off BOE meeting

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MILLBROOK — Advance warning on higher school taxes occurred at the Monday, March 14, Board of Education meeting of the Millbrook Central School District. After the elementary and middle school choruses performed for the board as part of Music in the Schools Month, Superintendent Lloyd Jaeger presented an overview of what the district iexpects to present to voters on Tuesday, May 17.

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Students help the homeless

MILLBROOK — For the past six years, the fifth-graders at Dutchess Day School (DDS) have been helping the homeless of Dutchess County.
This year, with guidance from their health teacher, Nigel Pink, they raised awareness about the homeless situation in Dutchess County and collected donations from the school community. This project coincides with the fifth grade’s health class lessons about empathy and the importance of helping those who are less fortunate.

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February town of Washington real estate transfers

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WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning TV director James Burrows and his wife, Deborah, have sold Willow Grace Farm, named after “Will & Grace,” the TV show he directed. The property is located at 140 Butts Hollow Road; it sold for $15 million in February, a record price for any property in the town of Washington. Originally listed for $21 million, the property includes a 7,000-plus-square-foot house completed in 2007 and 145 acres of land, according to county records. The property is currently assessed for tax purposes at $7,116,800.

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Number one in robot teamwork

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MILLBROOK — The Dutchess Day School (DDS) robotics team, the DDS Docs, placed first in teamwork in the finals of the 11th annual Hudson Valley for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology LEGO League Tournament at Dutchess Community College on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Dutchess Community College (DCC).
Two teams from Millbrook, the Dutchess Day School team of mostly seventh-graders, and the young fifth-grade team from Alden Place Elementary, were among the 12 teams that qualified for the final competition after the first round was held on Feb. 5 among 40 area teams.

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Art of the Tart appears on Daily Beast

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MILLBROOK — Kate Weiner, Millbrook’s priestess of puff pastry who sells her fresh-baked tarts at the Farmer’s Market in Millbrook, has just posted her first piece for the Hungry Beast section of the website The Daily Beast.
Entitled “The Art of Making Puff Pastry,” the article begins, “There are 729 layers of dough and a whole lot of butter.” Eric Ripert, chef at the Michelin three star Le Bernardin, reportedly read the piece and loved it.

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Town of Washington edits and agrees on vision statement

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WASHINGTON — Even the Declaration of Independence was revised by Congress. In the same spirit, in front of the 1776 American flag at the Millbrook firehouse, the residents of the town of Washington gathered on Saturday morning, March 5, to discuss and then agree on their own version of the town’s future.

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ cast and crew say

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MILLBROOK — After three sell-out performances over the March 4 weekend, Millbrook said goodbye to Dolly Levi Gallagher, Horace Vandergelder, Cornelius Hacker and Irene Molloy. There will be no more galloping, singing waiters or polka contests on the stage of Millbrook High School now that “Hello, Dolly!” has closed.
The 13-piece live orchestra conducted by Craig Fryer has left the pit; the sets will be repainted next year and the wigs and hats put back into storage.

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Vision meeting

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MILLBROOK — The town of Washington community discussion about what should be included in the vision statement for the new comprehensive plan will be held on Saturday, March 5, at the Millbrook firehouse starting at 9 a.m. and finishing by around 1 p.m.
The new administrative committee for the plan, appointed in September after the mass resignation of the previous steering committee, rescheduled a December meeting because of the holidays until February. The February meeting was canceled because of snow and now, weather permitting, it will finally happen in March.

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