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MILLBROOK — In spite of the  very cold weather, Santa Night, sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was proclaimed a successful event. It proved to be a great night for hayrides and meeting with Santa and  Mrs. Claus. 

The wagons,  provided by Thornedale Farms, picked children up at the base of the Tribute Gardens in front of the lighted Christmas tree. After a brisk ride up Franklin Avenue, the children were returned, most of them heading for the Millbrook firehouse, where refreshments awaited them, as well as a visit with Santa and...

Millbrook

Sweet craft time

Ava Elghanayan, Flora Elghanayan and Jenna Burns made Valentine’s Day cards at the Millbrook Public Library during Valentine’s Day Crafts, a program for children ages 3 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

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Brush fire sweeps Millbrook property

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Hook and Ladder Company Engine No. 1 responded to a brush and grass fire on a property on Oak Summit Road at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13. It took 20 minutes to put out the fire, which burned a little less than an acre.
In addition to the Millbrook department, the trans-care ambulance, fire departments from Union Vale and Washington all responded. Millbrook’s Chief Ted Bownes said the Millbrook fire department was back in the firehouse before 11 a.m. Bownes said no one was injured and no structures were damaged by the blaze.

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Exploring the wonders of winter

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MILLBROOK — People of all ages attended the winter ecology walk at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Sunday, Feb. 5.
The walk was led by Cary Institute educators who showed attendees the plants and insects that survive in nature during the winter. In past years the walk was often taken through snow-covered trails, but this year the weather was mild and sunny.
The educators broke participants into two different groups for the walk; one for children and the other for adults.

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‘Treasure Buddies’ screened at Village Hall

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MILLBROOK — Village Hall was transformed into a movie theater on Friday, Feb. 3, for a feature film. It was the Washington Recreation Commission’s first of three planned movie nights this winter.
The commission screened “Treasure Buddies” in the Guertin Gym and gave out free popcorn and water and sold candy at a reduced price. The event was free. Families attended with chairs and blankets, making it a cozy outing. Children wore their pajamas and brought pillows to enjoy the movie night with friends.

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MMS fights bullying

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MILLBROOK — Principal Phyllis Amori invited parents to the Millbrook Middle School (MMS) cafeteria Tuesday, Jan. 31, for an Anti-Bullying Coffee Hour. Amori and Assistant Principal Marisa Merlino led a discussion about partnering against bullying behavior.
Amori told parents about a recent middle school assembly where she said inappropriate and hurtful words to the students.

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Author digs deep during book reading

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MILLBROOK — “Ideas for the stories in the ‘Cracks in the Earth’ collection came to me like wildflowers in the gardens we planted after I moved to Dutchess County,” Cynthia Link told the audience during her author talk at the Merritt Bookstore. “I didn’t intend to write. I wasn’t thinking about pioneer ancestors. Having lived on South Dakota farms, Dutchess County didn’t even strike me as all that rural. But as I’d plant and weed and move rocks, of course, because it is Dutchess County, the opening lines of rural stories came to me like a voice in my ear.”

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Millbrook cleans up its code

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MILLBROOK — The October snowstorm left piles of brush for many residents. In the village of Millbrook the highway department’s cleanup was a long and exhausting process.
Although the storm left a large amount of debris — more than the department usually handles — Highway Superintendent Bob Collocola approached the Village Board complaining about how residents handled the storm aftermath.

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Big plans for former Country Road site

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MILLBROOK — The Thorndale Farm/Miller Time Acquisitions site plan application and subdivision was the only business presented to the Planning Board at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The Thorndale Farm is an estate that used to be the location of Country Road Associates, a business that made furniture using antique lumber. It was located at 63 Front St., near the post office. The building burned down two years ago.

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GIS software useful resource for municipalities

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MILLBROOK — Geographic mapping has advanced from a folded piece of paper that you keep in your car to online resources. Google Maps allows anyone to visually view their house at street level and supply them with directions on how to get there from any place in the world for free.
From GPS systems for cars to websites like MapQuest, the way we use maps is changing everyday. Although the advancement of mapping has helped people get places faster and easier, it serves a much greater purpose when used for community development and environmental conservation.

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Honorable mentions

Pictured from left, first row, are eighth-grade students Alex Findeis, Megan Fergus, Emily Detlefs, Daniel Cox, Sophia Bucklin and Jordan Babbitt, who were sworn in to the National Junior Honor Society at Millbrook Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

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