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MILLBROOK — Charlotte’s restaurant in Millbrook has come a long way from its beginnings as a church, a speakeasy and, later, a theater. Its intriguing history was a major part of the Millbrook Historical Society’s recent meeting, which hosted the Dutchess County Historic Tavern Trail Tour on Friday, July 14. 

About 80 people met at the restaurant. They were treated to a local history lesson of the building and the early days of prohibition by Village of Millbrook Historian David Greenwood. Also there to talk history was Dutchess County Historian William Tatum...

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Farmland protection continues to be a priority

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WASHINGTON — A Farmland Protection Committee is in the works for the town of Washington. On Thursday, June 9, at the Town Board meeting, board members discussed the importance of putting together a committee for the agricultural community. This committee would reach out to farmers and people who have agricultural land in a variety of ways, said Town Clerk Mary Alex.
“These are people whose livelihoods depend on this and want to see it maintained,” said Councilman Mike Murphy.
Councilman Bobby Audia agreed.

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Dormer collapses at Bennett College

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MILLBROOK — A large dormer on the right side of the former Bennett College collapsed on Sunday, June 12, according to Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley. The situation at the complex, located just off Route 44 near the entrance to the village, is the latest in a series in recent years.
The dormer collapsed through three stories, leaving a substantial hole in the building, compromising the stability of the entire structure, even more than previously. There have also been reports of beams making “popping” noises, according to Hurley, speaking at a Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 14.

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Tigers, elephants and camels, oh my!

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MILLBROOK — Where can you find two camels, three elephants, five tigers and clowns in Dutchess County? On Saturday, June 18, the answer was Millbrook, thanks to the Millbrook Lions Club. That’s when the Kelly Miller Circus took over the village.
The Kelly Miller Circus travels to different small towns throughout the county every year. It last visited Millbrook in 2008.

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Courtroom to be renovated this summer

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WASHINGTON — Town Board members discussed upcoming and critical renovations to the courtroom during their meeting Thursday, June 9.
“The purpose of the renovations to the courtroom is too allow the judges some room to sit privately with perpetrators,” said Florence Prisco, town supervisor. “At this point the judges have no place to sit in this room with privacy. They have asked for years [for] a little private room.”

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Rotary Scholarships

Julian Mostachetti

MILLBROOK — Each year the Rotary Club of Millbrook awards a $5,000 scholarship to an outstanding student at Millbrook High School. The Rotary Scholarship is for general achievement and this year goes to Julian Mostachetti. Julian exemplifies the Rotary motto of “service above self.” He has been a leader of the Rotary Interact Club in Millbrook and a volunteer within the community and abroad.

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Rotary Scholarships

Arden Schulhoff

MILLBROOK — Nearly 20 years ago, the Millbrook community lost an inspiring individual, Vol Mason. As superintendent of the Millbrook Central School District, he was active in the community and also heavily involved in the Rotary Club. So great was his impact that the Millbrook Rotary Club established a scholarship in his honor. Aligned with Mason’s interests, this scholarship is given in recognition of the abilities of a student who has shown an aptitude for vocational skills. This year the recipient was Arden Schulhoff.

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Rotary Scholarships

Brian Worthington

MILLBROOK — In 2009, the HasBrouck family and the Millbrook Rotary Club created a scholarship in honor of longtime Millbrook residents William and Mary HasBrouck.
The HasBroucks volunteered tirelessly for their community. Many, many hours of the family’s time was spent assisting Lyall Federal Church, Meals on Wheels, the local Planning Board, the Soil and Water District, the Boy Scouts and the Millbrook Rotary Club, to name a few. Professionally, Bill HasBrouck was the Department of Agriculture district director and Mary HasBrouck was a Millbrook elementary school teacher.

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Washington wetlands law on the books

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WASHINGTON — Local Law No. 1 of 2011, entitled, “Wetlands and Watercourses Law of the Town of Washington,” was adopted by the Washington Town Board on Thursday, May 12. The purpose of the local law it to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Washington community by preventing harm to the wetlands, as stated in the resolution. The term“wetlands” applies to diverse water bodies and is referred to in the law as “regulated areas.”

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Millbrook School District strives for perfection in music

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MILLBROOK — “Music is one of those areas where perfection is what we strive for,” said Craig Fryer, music teacher for the Millbrook High School.
As music teacher for the high school, Fryer has applied his passion for instrumental music to the school since 1993. Coming to Millbrook High School after teaching in the City of Poughkeepsie School District from 1982 to 1993, he came to build the instrumental program.

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Rockin’ the night away with Elvis

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, June 11, Elvis fans came out to the St. Joseph School’s first ever Elvis Presley Tribute. Michael Vegas is an Elvis tribute artist; he performed with his band at the event. Rosalie Fegan, head of St. Joseph’s School, said that Vegas is from Westchester County and regularly performs at Traditions 118 restaurant in Garnite Springs.

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