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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

Half-Moon Theater shines

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MILLBROOK — Theater is blossoming in Millbrook, in large measure because of the Half-Moon Theater, along with some help from the Millbrook High School.
Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at 8 p.m., Half-Moon presented the first 10-Minute Play Festival at the Millbrook High School auditorium. The event consisted of 10 (which turned out to be 11) plays, 10 minutes each, with 16 different actors, actresses and playwrights based locally and from New York City.

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En plein air

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Millbrook man electrocuted

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MILLBROOK — Thursday, June 2, at around 5 p.m., Millbrook resident Edward Rochfort was electrocuted after attempting to extinguish a brush fire, which was caused when a downed tree fell on electrical wires, according to the New York State Police.
Rochfort came into contact with the downed energized wire in the town of Amenia, along Route 44. The incident occurred between West Lake Amenia Road and Smithfield Valley Road on DeLavergne Hill. Rochfort, 43, died at Vassar Brothers Hospital from injuries resulting from the incident.

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Millbrook explores the issue of affordable housing

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MILLBROOK — As the town of Washington works to update its comprehensive plan, affordable housing is one of the major subjects that is being addressed. At the Board of Trustees meeting for the village of Millbrook on Tuesday, May 31, there was discussion about which aspects of the comprehensive plan will be updated, and housing is in the mix.
“It appears to be an important topic, one that we feel very close to and needs to be addressed, and that’s why it has come to the floor,” said Stan Morse, deputy mayor.

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Community rallies for Adams

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MILLBROOK — On Nov. 5, 2010, Ian Adams, a 10th-grade student from Millbrook High School, suffered a traumatic brain injury and fell into a coma after being in a serious car accident. Currently Ian is at the Helen Hayes Acute Rehab center in West Haverstraw, Rockland County, receiving intense therapy around the clock to try to help draw him out of his coma.
Earlier this month, students, alumni, teachers and members of the Millbrook community came together for Volley for Ian, an event to help raise money for Ian’s medical care.

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Mosca joins Washington Town Board

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WASHINGTON — Karen Mosca is the newest member of the Washington Town Board, finishing the unexpired term of Councilman William Murphy. Murphy resigned April 14 from the board.
“He was a fabulous gentleman to work with and he contributed to all aspects of town government and will be greatly missed,” said Mary Alex, town clerk.
Murphy said he left for personal reasons, but did not give further explanation. His term had another two years before expiring. It was his first term as a councilman; he came on the board to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Alan Rappleyea.

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Millbrook’s Memorial Day

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Millbrook — Don Dingee, Korean War Veteran and Dutchess County resident, said he is determined to ensure all his fellow veterans are remembered long after their death.
As the guest speaker at Millbrook’s Memorial Day ceremonies, Dingee spoke about his comrade in the Korean War, Charlie Johnson, a Dutchess County resident and Arlington High School graduate.

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Tribute Garden thanked

MILLBROOK — At the Millbrook Rotary Club’s meeting on Wednesday, May 11, club President Ellie Savoy presented The Betty White Community Service Award to The Tribute Garden Foundation in recognition of all the support this organization provides to the local community. Accepting the award for the Tribute Garden was George Whalen Jr.

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A Taste of Millbrook June 11

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Educational Foundation’s annual Taste of Millbrook will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Area restaurants will showcase their specialties and local growers will be featuring foods grown and produced in the Hudson Valley.
The event will benefit the Millbrook Educational Foundation (MEF). This past year marked significant growth for MEF, as more than $68,000 was raised in 2010 and the foundation reached $380,000 in grants made since its establishment in 2002.

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A sprightly performance

Sophia Stanford, who portrayed a convincing Peter Pan, belted out, “I gotta crow,” to a receptive audience.

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